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‘The Mummy’ Anck Su Namun Cosplays Are Immortal

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Feb 16 2024

She’s back from the dead and stopping hearts. We live for these Anck Su Namun cosplays!

1999’s The Mummy is arguably one of the best films of the ’90s. With a stellar cast and an action-packed plot steeped in mythology, it is an unforgettable piece of cinema. The Mummy features gorgeous scenery and a romantic (if somewhat creepy) love story about a love that transcends death. Today, we’re excavating some extraordinary Anck Su Namun cosplays!

Anck Su Namun Cosplay by SAFire Art

Back thousands of years ago in a desert far, far away, the Pharaoh’s mistress and his High Priest fell in love. They concocted a secret plot to rid themselves of the Pharaoh and resurrect Anak Su Namun from an untimely demise… though honestly, why didn’t they just run away into the sunset to be together, instead? Seems like MUCH less work. But then, we wouldn’t have a plot or this delightful action-adventure flick!

Anck Su Namun Cosplay by SAFire Art

Though she isn’t in much of the film beyond the first 7 minutes, Anck Su Namun is a character that stops people in their tracks. It’s not every day that a character dressed almost entirely in body paint struts across the screen of a major blockbuster film… But, Anck Su Namun does so with panache. The character is incredibly unique and proves to be an excellent challenge for cosplayers.

Anck Su Namun Cosplay by Andy Rae Cosplay

Creating the Cosplay

There are two main ways to go about a cosplay like this. Either attempt to recreate the movie’s signature bodypaint look, braving the cold and ensuring that the cosplay must be made from scratch every time it is worn… Or create a body suit to wear instead as the base, mimicking the tattoo-like paint. Then, the second option is much more sustainable (and WAY more physically comfortable), but getting the paint and bodysuit fit JUST RIGHT is so much harder to do. Either way, this is an impressive character to attempt a cosplay for!

Anck Su Namun Cosplay by Yaya Han

There are a few brave cosplayers who have created Anck Su Namun cosplays. One of them was so successful in recreating the character played by Patricia Velasquez that the actress herself took notice. Eventually, SAFire Art held an exclusive video call with Patricia, and the actress expressed her gratitude and astonishment at the gorgeous cosplay. We hope you enjoy this week’s Anck Su Namun Cosplay Feature!

Anck Su Namun Cosplay by SAFire Art

“Thebes. City of the Living. Crown jewel of Pharaoh Seti the First.”

“Home of Imhotep. Pharaohs high priest. Keeper of the dead.”

“Birthplace of Anck-su-namun. Pharaoh’s Mistress.”

“No other man was allowed to touch her.”

“But for their love, they were willing to risk life itself.”

“You must go. Save yourself.”

“Only you can resurrect me.”

“I will not leave you! Get away from me!”


“My body is no longer his temple!”

“To resurrect Anck-su-namun, Imhotep and his priests broke into her crypt and stole her body.”

Anck Su Namun Cosplay by Andy Rae Cosplay

“They raced deep into the desert taking her corpse to Hamunaptura, city of the dead, Ancient burial site for the sons of Pharaohs and resting place for the wealth of Egypt.”

“For his love, Imhotep dared the Gods anger by going deep into the city where he took the black book of the dead from its holy resting place.”

Anck Su Namun Cosplay by Yaya Han

“Anck-su-namuns soul had been sent to the dark underworld, her vital organs removed and placed in five sacred canopic jars.”

“Anck-su-namuns soul had come back from the dead…”

“…but pharaohs body guards had followed Imhotep and stopped him before the ritual could be completed.”

Anck Su Namun Cosplay by Genevieve Marie

“Imhoteps priests were condemned to be mummified alive… As for Imhotep he was condemned to endure the Hom Dai. The worst of all ancient curses, one so horrible that it had never before been bestowed.”

“Locked away with flesh-eating scarabs he was to remain sealed inside his sarcophagus, the undead for all eternity. The Majai would never allow him to be released, for he would arise a walking disease, a plague upon mankind, an unholy flesh eater with the strength of the ages, power over the sands, and the glory of invincibility!”

Anck Su Namun Cosplay by Nyima-Chan, Nefertiri Cosplay by DosadiVH

“…your parents wouldn’t slip poisonous snakes into your bed while you are sleeping.”

“What a bright little child. Your mother must be missing you terribly. If you wish to see her again, you’d better behave.”

“And The Book of the Living… takes life away.”

“I am not afraid.”


“You are learning quickly, Nefertiri. I’ll have to watch my back.”

Anck-Su-Namun : “Nefertiri.”
Evelyn : “Anck-su-namun.”
Anck-Su-Namun : [in Ancient Arabic]  “Good.”

“Put your mask on! Let’s not scar that pretty face.”

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