Rosalia Lombardo

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Rosalia Lombardo
Palermo Rosalia Lombardo.jpg
Rosalia Lombardo in 1982
Born (1918-12-13)December 13, 1918
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Died December 6, 1920 (1920-12-07) (aged 1)
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Nationality Italian
Other names Sleeping Beauty of the Capuchin Catacombs
Known for Being so well-preserved that it looks like she is sleeping in her tomb that is located in the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo

Rosalia Lombardo (December 13, 1918 in Palermo, Italy – December 6, 1920)[1] was an Italian child who died of pneumonia. Rosalia's father, Official Mario Lombardo, was sorely grieved upon her death, so he approached Alfredo Salafia, a noted embalmer, to preserve her.[2] Her body was one of the last corpses to be admitted to the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo in Sicily.

Embalming[edit]

Lombardo's body as it appears today.

Thanks to Salafia's embalming techniques, the body was well preserved. X-rays of the body show that all the organs are remarkably intact.[3] Rosalia Lombardo's body is kept in a small chapel at the end of the catacomb's tour and is encased in a glass covered coffin, placed on a wooden pedestal. A 2009 National Geographic photograph of Rosalia Lombardo shows the mummy is beginning to show signs of decomposition, most notably discoloration.[4] To address these issues the mummy was moved to a drier spot in the catacombs, and her original coffin was placed in a hermetically sealed glass enclosure with nitrogen gas to prevent decay.[5] The mummy is one of the best preserved bodies in the catacombs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Panser, Stephanie; et al. (2013). "Multidetector CT investigation of the mummy of Rosalia Lombardo (1918–1920)". Annals of Anatomy (195): 401. doi:10.1016/j.aanat.2013.03.009. 
  2. ^ National Geographic magazine, Feb 2009, p.124
  3. ^ National Geographic magazine, Feb 2009, p.150
  4. ^ http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/01/images/090126-sicilly-mummy_big.jpg
  5. ^ "The Girl in the Glass Casket | National Geographic Channel". Channel.nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 

Sources[edit]

  • Dario Piombino-Mascali, 2009. Il Maestro del Sonno Eterno. Presentazione di Arthur C. Aufderheide. Prefazione di Albert R. Zink. Edizioni La Zisa, Palermo.
  • Stephanie Panzer, Heather Gill-Frerking, Wilfried Rosendahl, Albert Zink and Dario Piombino-Mascali, 2013. Multidetector CT investigation of the mummy of Rosalia Lombardo (1918-1920). Annals of Anatomy, 195: 401-408.

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