Bronze shaving razor, Egyptian, 1575BC-1308BC.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Bronze shaving razor, Egyptian, 1575BC-1308BC.

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The ancient Egyptians were very conscious of their personal appearance and followed a regime of applying fragrant oils to their skin and hair, and applying make-up to their eyes and mouths. Eye make-up was usually black or green and acted as a fashion statement as well as preventing sand and dust from the desert getting into their eyes. The oils they used prevented chafing from the desert wind and also provided a scent. Unshaven men were deemed unclean and so a process of removing hair using razors and tweezers was commonplace. The wealthier ancient Egyptians also wore wigs constructed from human hair.

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