3,000 Year-old Eyeliner
Last year, I was watching 'Ancient Egypt: Life and Death in the Valley of Kings' hosted by Dr Joann Fletcher. It showed the contents of the best surviving non-royal tomb from Ancient Egypt. The tomb belonged to Kha, an Egyptian architect, and Merit, the mother and carer of their four children. They lived around 1,400 BC. Below is a picture of Merit's 3,000 year-old beauty box. It contains vessels made from alabaster, horn and glass. To the right of the box is a collection of combs.
The blue and yellow glass vessel contains Merit's black coal eyeliner. It was applied with a wooden applicator attached to the glass lid. To the left is her perfume bottle, which still smells of cinnamon and cedar wood - that is some serious longevity!
📷 Hans Ollermann
It's touching to think of Merit rocking her smoky eye and woody scent over three-and-a-half-thousand years ago. And it's crazy to consider how our cosmetic rituals connect us with our ancient sisters.
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