Jun 22, 2007
Jun 22, 2007

Giraffe Head

Giraffe Head

c. 1540–1296 BC


Overall: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerald S. Brodkey in memory of Marguerite Mallon 1977.146



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. The delicately head of a giraffe would have decorated an elaborate ivory cosmetic spoon.

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