Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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This small gold beauty tool is both tweezers and a razor. It is decorated with a lithe, grazing animal.Many Ancient Egyptian adults removed their body hair as a health and beauty practice. Not only did it help in dealing with the heat but it also deterred lice, which were prevalent at the time. Total hair removal is associated with priestesses, who shaved and plucked their hair every three days.

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