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The Cosmetic Spoon Statue

The Cosmetic Spoon Statue

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Historical Reproduction - Vintage - 2001

DeAgostini, The Glory of Ancient Egypt, Collectors Figurine

Issue No. 24 - Statue Only

Approximately 2” tall x 7” long

THE COSMETIC SPOON

The "Cosmetic Spoon" is an exquisite artifact from ancient Egypt, reflecting both the daily life and the artistic sophistication of its people. Dating back to the New Kingdom period (circa 1550-1070 BCE), these spoons were often intricately carved from materials such as wood, ivory, or bone, and were used in the application of cosmetics, which played a significant role in Egyptian culture.

The design of cosmetic spoons varied widely, but they commonly featured elaborate and symbolic shapes, such as lotus flowers, swimming girls, or animals, demonstrating the Egyptians' love for nature and their symbolic representations of life and fertility. One particularly famous example is a spoon carved in the shape of a young girl swimming, her outstretched arms forming the handle while her body creates the bowl of the spoon. This depiction not only showcases the artist's skill but also conveys a sense of movement and vitality.

Cosmetics were essential in ancient Egyptian society, used by both men and women for aesthetic, health, and ritual purposes. Substances like kohl for eye makeup and oils for skin care were common, and the cosmetic spoon was a practical tool for mixing and applying these products. The detailed craftsmanship of these spoons indicates they were also valued as luxury items, possibly owned by the elite or given as gifts.

The intricate designs often held symbolic meanings, such as the lotus flower representing rebirth and purity or animals symbolizing various deities and protective powers. This blend of functionality and symbolism underscores the cultural importance of personal adornment and the Egyptians' belief in the interconnectedness of beauty, health, and spirituality.

Today, cosmetic spoons are cherished artifacts displayed in museums, offering insights into the daily practices and artistic achievements of ancient Egypt. They reveal the sophistication of Egyptian craftsmanship and the societal importance of beauty and hygiene, reflecting a civilization that valued both practicality and aesthetic elegance in their everyday objects.

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