Sacred Luxuries. Fragrance, Aromatherapy &
Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt
160 pp, numerous colour ills.
Opus Publishing Limited, London/Cornell University Press/American
University in Cairo Press 1999
Rest of the
complete study of Egyptian scent with exquisite photographs by W. Forman.
Chapters include a presentation of the following:
- Scent in the temple
- Kyphi and tiryac
- Recipes for luxury
- Scent for love and rebirth
- Fragrant remedies
- The art of cosmetics
In spite of the fact that some words remain
unintelligible, it is possible to recreate som of the fragrant substances.
Even in ancient times if an ingredient was unavailable, another would take its
Scent and cosmetics are placed in their cultural context, and its
significance in the funerary beliefs of the ancient Egyptians is
demonstrated in the light of recent interpretations of symbols and metaphors
in Egyptian art and literature.