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Powdered mummy container, European, c 1600-1800.

Powdered mummy container, European, c 1600-1800.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


A cylindrical wooden box containing 'powdered mummy'. The trade in the powder of embalmed or 'mummified' remains dates back to Egyptian times, but became particularly significant in the 15th- 18th centuries. Powdered mummy was said to act as an aphrodisiac and also a general cure for many ailments.

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