Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ultimate ancient Egyptian beauty - from the tomb of Menna

Wife of Menna (Tomb of Menna, Luxor)

She (Hennettawy, I believe) is shown in full gala dress - to kill. 
A modern theory suggests that the 'perfumed cone of fat' on her head was merely symbolic and meant to convey the wearer's fragrance. 
Earlier theories suggested that guests enjoyed the sensation of the perfumed cone melting in the heat and running in cool, perfumed trails down their heads.
But would this beauty have risked her gala outfit for the pleasure?
Wigs, for a start, were expensive.
And what would congealed fat have done to her ornamental collar and costly pleated gown?