Cosmetic Spoon in the Shape of Swimming Woman Holding a Dish

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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Ancient Egyptians often swam in the Nile River and elites had pools of their own. Based on two-dimensional depictions, it's assumed the nude woman whose body makes up the cosmetic spoon handle is swimming.She lies on her belly with her legs together and arms outstretched above her head. A small dish with a swinging lid rests on top of her arms. The dish is shaped like an antelope and would have held a cosmetic.

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