Jun 19, 2007

Cosmetic Vessel (Beaker)

Cosmetic Vessel (Beaker)

c. 1859-1814 BC

Obsidian and gold

Diameter: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.); Overall: 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.); Diameter of base: 2.6 cm (1 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.107



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. This luxurious obsidian and gold beaker hints at the precious contents it once held.

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