Ancient Egyptian Cosmetic and Style

Ancient Egyptian Cosmetic and Style

This aretical Focuses on the origins of cosmetic preservation, stating that applications of preservation and cosmetics were seen in the tombs of pharaohs in Egypt. Reason ancient Egyptians used early preservation techniques; First recorded used of cosmetics; Factors to consider in cosmetic preservation.

This article reports on the re-creation of the chemistry of ancient Egyptian cosmetics. Analysis of the make-up residues found in ancient objects; Compounds which composes the cosmetics; Importance of cosmetics to the Egyptian pharaohs and queens.

Subject terms: cosmetics, ancient civilization,chemical elements,archaeological museums & collections

The processing technologies available during the time of ancient Egypt are of present concern to the field of Archaeology and Egyptology. Materials characterization is the best tool for establishing the processing history of archaeological objects. In this study, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is used, in addition to other techniques, for phase identification and study of the microstructure and characteristic defect structures in ancient Egyptian cosmetic powders. These powders generally consist of a mix of Pb-containing mineral phases: galena (PbS), cerussite (PbCO&sub3;), and phosgenite (Pb&sub2;Cl&sub2;CO&sub3;), among others. Modern materials are fabricated according to recipes found in ancient texts to mimic the processing of ancient times and to compare with the archaeological specimens. In particular, a comparison between the dislocation structures of PbS crystals deformed in the laboratory and PbS from archaeological specimens from the collections of the Louvre Museum is presented .