Aphrodite's beauty case

27 March until 31 December 2009

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Aphrodite's beauty caseAphrodite's beauty case
Aphrodite's beauty caseAphrodite's beauty case

The ancient world too had its beauty secrets guaranteeing a perfect external appearance. In the mini-exhibition 'Aphrodite's beauty case' you can see how the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Dutch dealt with cosmetics, perfume and bodily care. The accompanying tour eventually guides you through the entire museum.

Powders, unguents, oil and perfume

Just like us, thousands of years ago people were interested in powders, unguents, oil and perfume. Egyptian women, for instance, rubbed a mixture of sesame oil and chalk on their face to keep the skin soft and young. Many of our modern beauty treatments could be found on dressing tables even in the ancient world. And no household could be without its mirrors, combs, razor blades, nail files and curling tongs.

Exhibition and guided tour

In the mini-exhibition you will see decorative glass scent bottles and a variety of ancient toiletries. The guided tour through the museum's permanent presentations takes you past luxury toilet ensembles that once belonged to Roman, Greek and Egyptian ladies, representations of beautiful goddesses on Greek vases, Etruscan mirrors, bottles for cosmetics, kohl pots and portraits of ladies.