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Rotating shaving razor, Egypt, 1405-1367 BCE

Rotating shaving razors were introduced in the second half of the 18th dynasty (1550-1292BCE). This is a bronze example. Shaving was significant in Egyptian cultural life. It was compulsory for Egyptian priests to shave their heads and bodies for ceremonial purposes. High status men and women often shaved their heads and wore wigs of human hair.

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A634875

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Sharp-edged instruments primarily used in the shaving of bodily hair. Razors can be manually or electrically powered, and the earliest bronze razor blade dates back to the Bronze Age.

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