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The "Standard of Ur" from ancient Mesopotamia

The "Standard of Ur" from ancient Mesopotamia

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.