Plot synopsis for the upcoming action-horror film, the Mummy (2017), indicates that the lead antagonist will be an ancient Mesopotamian queen “whose destiny was unjustly taken from her.” Tom Cruise will play a Navy SEAL on a mission in the Iraqi desert whose team stumbles upon an ancient tomb where an evil entity is trapped. This doomed queen/mummy could be inspired by the sensationalized 1920s and 1930s news stories of British archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley’s excavation of Queen Puabi’s tomb. Puabi (AKA Shubad) was depicted as a wicked queen who poisoned her servants and she herself was clubbed to death. This film is the first blockbuster production in recent memory to bring the pop culture eye to ancient Mesopotamia and Babylonia. The treasures and jewelry collection of Puabi’s famous tomb are kept at the British Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the National Museum of Iraq.
A news story about Queen Puabi published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sunday Magazine in September 28, 1930. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA.
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