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19 March 2014

Guest blogging today

Walters Art Museum (Public domain)

I'm guest blogging today about cosmetics in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia at Sarah Johnson's "Reading the Past" blog at http://goo.gl/Y0dO7P .


Kohl—made from crushed lead oxide—was the first cosmetic and is still widely used today, some 5000 years later. At right is an ancient Egyptian tube for storing kohl.