Jun 22, 2007

Face from a Cosmetic Spoon

Face from a Cosmetic Spoon

1391–1353 BC


Overall: 4 x 2.3 cm (1 9/16 x 7/8 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1988.7



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 delicately carved human face would have decorated an elaborate ivory cosmetic spoon.

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