Sunday, March 22, 2009
Egyptian Queen's Perfume
The favorite perfume of powerful Egyptian Hatshepshut may be resurrected from residue found in a 3,500-year-old perfume bottle. X-ray photographs of the 12-centimeter-tall bottle from the permanent collection of Bonn University's Egyptian Museum reveals remnants of the ancient oil. Scientists plan to identify the substance and possibly within a year re-create the perfume.
The bottle, which was found in the queen's possessions after her death in 1457 B.C. is engraved with a hieroglyph of her name.
The thin neck "allows a very economical dosing of the valuable content". A small clay stopper would have kept the oil from spilling.