Excerpts for At Home in Her Tomb : Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui

In the peaceful stillness of the museum, I looked down through a window into a room below my feet. There lay a woman, face-up, draped in white silk. She appeared to be sleeping. But this woman had been "sleeping" for more than two thousand years. I had seen mummies before, but those were dry, skin-covered skeletons--not like this soft-fleshed body. I could not stop staring at her, Lady Dai from the Mawangdui tombs.