|wooden statuette with heavy eye makeup, 12th Dynasty|
The recipe in this tome is fascinating, the wing of a bat and the body of a chameleon, burnt to cinder?
Souuini in his Travels in Egypt, says,
|Queen Nofretiri worshipping, 19th Dynasty|
As it may interest some to know the composition of the farfamed Oriental cosmetics, I transcribe here a few recipes which were obtained from an Arabian perfumer, and can be vouched for as authentic.
|Nefertiti, 18th Dynasty, 1352-1336 BC.|
The preparation of a dye used for the hair and beard is no less curious. It is composed of gall nuts, fried in oil and rolled in salt, to which are added cloves, burnt copper, minium, aromatic herbs, pomegranate flowers, gum arabic, litharge, and henna. The whole of these ingredients are pulverized and diluted in the oil used for frying the nuts. This gives it a jet black color, but those who wish to impart a golden tint to their hair, employ simply henna for that purpose.
source: "A romance of perfume lands", 1875, by Frank Sanford Clifford
|mummy mask, 18th Dynasty|
|prostitute painting her lips, 19th Dynasty, c. 1295-1186 BC.|
|sketch on papyrus, 20th Dynasty|
image sources: "Egyptian Art", by J. R. Harris, 1966, and "Sacred Luxuries"', by Lisa Manniche, 1999