Mar 23, 2007
Mar 23, 2007

Vessel in the Form of an Ostrich Egg

Vessel in the Form of an Ostrich Egg

c. 1540-1296 BC


Diameter: 8.2 cm (3 1/4 in.); Diameter of mouth: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.); Overall: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1914.620



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. Here the fanciful form is an ostrich egg.

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