Ancient Egyptian toilet box with ivory inlay, 650-350 BC.

Image number: 10284162

Ancient Egyptian toilet box with ivory inlay, 650-350 BC.

Makeup was in common use in ancient Egypt. Eye shadow pots, mirrors and perfume jars were among the items frequently found in boxes like this. Toilet boxes were also buried with mummies (embalmed bodies of the dead wrapped in strips of linen) so that they would be available to them in the afterlife.

Image number:
10284162
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:29
Image rights:
Science Museum