Yasser Metwally

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The favorite perfume of powerful Egyptian “she king” Hatshepsut may be resurrected from residue

The author: Professor Yasser Metwally

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We already know how to walk like an Egyptian, and soon we’ll know how to smell like one, too.

Figure 1. Egyptian Queen’s Perfume to Be Resurrected (Click to enlarge figure)

The favorite perfume of powerful Egyptian “she king” Hatshepsut may be resurrected from residue found in a 3,500-year-old perfume bottle (Figure 1), a German research team said in March 2009.

X-ray photographs of the 4.7-inch-tall (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 (Figure 1) of her name.

Figure 2. “She king” Hatshepsut (Click to enlarge figure)

The thin neck “allows a very economical dosing of the valuable content,” according to Michael Höveler-Müller, curator of Bonn University’s Egyptian Museum. A small clay stopper would have kept the oil from spilling.

“In every case our research will touch new grounds and will maybe enable us to put our noses back into a time more than 3,500 years [ago],” Höveler-Müller said. 

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March 24, 2009 - Posted by | Ancient Egyptian panorama

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