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Vessel in the Form of an Ostrich Egg

c. 1540–1296 BCE
Diameter: 8.2 cm (3 1/4 in.); Diameter of mouth: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.); Overall: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)
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Location: 107 Egyptian

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Both ancient Egyptian men and women loved cosmetics. Unguents, oils, and perfumes made from aromatic plant resins and gums were obtained at great cost from distant lands. The objects identified with cosmetics were given lavish treatment. Here the fanciful form is an ostrich egg.
Vessel in the Form of an Ostrich Egg

Vessel in the Form of an Ostrich Egg

c. 1540–1296 BCE

Egypt, New Kingdom (1540–1069 BCE), Dynasty 18

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