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Exploring Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics

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Cosmetics played a role in ancient Egyptian society, both for aesthetic purposes and cultural significance. One of the most iconic aspects of ancient Egyptian cosmetics is the use of eye makeup, particularly kohl. Kohl was made from a mixture of minerals, usually galena (lead sulfide) and malachite. Both men and women wore it, not only for its aesthetic appeal but also for its believed magical and protective properties. It was applied to the eyes in elaborate designs, including extending beyond the natural lines of the eyes. Egyptians used a variety of pigments to color their faces. They often applied a mixture of red ochre and water to their cheeks...

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Visiting the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

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The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is an extraordinary cultural institution that showcases the rich history and heritage of Egypt. Located in Cairo, it serves as a comprehensive repository of artifacts, artworks, and archaeological findings that document the evolution of Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to the present day. The museum opened in the Spring of 2021.  The museum provides visitors with a captivating journey through Egypt's ancient past, highlighting key periods such as the Pharaonic era, the Greco-Roman period, and the Islamic period. Its exhibitions feature a diverse range of objects, including statues, sarcophagi, pottery, jewelry, and religious artifacts, offering insight into various aspects of Egyptian life, culture, and belief systems. One of the museum's most...

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Egyptian History: Ancient Egyptian Music and Instruments

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The Egyptians used a variety of musical instruments, and music was an integral part of their culture. Some of the common musical instruments in ancient Egypt included harps, lyres, flutes, double pipes, drums and sistrums. Music in ancient Egypt served various purposes, including religious worship, entertainment, and accompanying activities such as dancing. Musicians were highly regarded in society, and there is evidence that they held special positions in temples and royal courts. The depiction of musical scenes can be found on ancient Egyptian tomb paintings, providing valuable insights into the instruments used and the role of music in daily life. From The...

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Egyptian History: The ancient burial practice of Egyptian mummification

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Egyptian mummification is a complex and ancient burial practice that was developed by the ancient Egyptians around 3300 BCE and continued for over 3,000 years. The process of mummification was deeply tied to the Egyptians' religious beliefs and their understanding of the afterlife. The process began with the purification of the body. The deceased person's body was washed with water from the Nile, symbolizing the idea of rebirth and regeneration. The internal organs, such as the liver, lungs, stomach, and intestines, were preserved separately in canopic jars. Each jar was dedicated to a specific organ and protected by a deity.The...

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Egyptian Exhibits: The Museo Egizio - The Egyptian Museum in Torino

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On a recent trip to Egypt, I had a long lay-over in northern Italy and visited the Egyptian Museum in Torino (Museo Egizio). It was a delightfully surprising collection. I have heard about the museum for many years, but little did I know that it is considered the second largest collection (more than 30,000 items) of Egyptian antiquities, and also it is considered the oldest Egyptian museum, more than 250 years old! Although it was midway through a Tuesday afternoon, the museum was filled with visitors; turns out it is one of the most visited in all of Italy.   The tour of...

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