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Bronze hair curling tongs and trimmer, Egypt, 1575-1194 BCE

Hairdressing and hair care were an important aspect of social life in Ancient Egypt. This was particularly true among the wealthier classes. Hairdressers feature in many pictorial representations of the period. Physical appearance was important in this culture. These Egyptian curling tongs were a multi-purpose cosmetic tool. They are combined with a hair trimming instrument.

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