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.

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