A relatively unknown facet of the ancient Egyptian civilisation is the importance attributed to the care and preservation of a woman's beauty using natural ingredients.
The catalogue of the exhibition Female Beauty in Ancient Egypt, held in the Palazzo Reale in Milan, has interesting essays and a wealth of illustrations which tackle the subject in four sections: perfumes, skincare, haircare and make-up. Also illustrated is an extensive collection of tools and accessories, from the Egyptian Section of the Museo Archeologico in Florence, which were used for general beauty treatments: for example, ointments, mirrors, pots for kohl, tablets and instruments for keeping and applying cosmetics, mortars, and floral elements for necklaces.
The book investigates the importance of female beauty in ancient Egypt, but also the concept of eternal beauty, as demonstrated by the cult of the dead. The authors of this book are well known experts in Egyptology and in natuarl products.
- Edda Bresciani, lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Pisa
- Maria Cristina Guidotti, director of the Egyptian Museum in Florence
- Alessandro Menghini is a professor of Pharmaceutical Botany at the Università degli Studi di Perugia. A scholar of history of pharmacy, for Aboca Edizioni he was in charge of: The Garden of the Spirit, La Verna Spezieria e Speziali, De historia stirpium by L. Fuchs, Hortus eystettensis by B. Besler, Thesaurus pauperum by P. Hispano and the medieval Arabic herbarium Kitâb al-Dyriâq
- Rita Pagiotti, lecturer in Pharmaceutical Botany at the University of Perugia
- Flora Silvano, researcher at the Department of Historical Sciences of the Ancient World at the University of Pisa.