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    Sacred Luxuries: Fragrance, Aromatherapy, and Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt (Hardback) By (author) Lise Manniche, Photographs by Werner Forman

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    DescriptionThe art of modern fragrance-making owes much to practices developed in ancient Egypt. The Egyptians attached great importance to perfumes and cosmetics, which men and women wore to make themselves attractive and alluring, to restore vitality and good health, and as a means of venerating the gods and of negotiating a passage to the realm of the hereafter. In this lavishly illustrated, oversized book, Lise Manniche looks at the role played by scents and cosmetics in ancient Egyptian society and discusses their preparation in some cases providing actual recipes.Manniche details three categories of ingredients used by the Egyptians to make fragrances: plants, including cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, and mint; gums and resins, particularly myrrh and frankincense; and oils and fats ranging from almond oil to ox fat. "In order [for a scent] to achieve fame," Manniche writes, "the finished product had to have an aura of rarity, of exclusiveness, and of the divine. The more exotic the ingredients, the more valued the commodity; the more exquisite its presentation, the greater the appeal. In this way, the visual and olfactory arts combined to make small objects of the greatest luxury appreciated not only in Egypt, but all over the ancient world."Drawing on Arabic and other sources, Manniche explores the application of perfumes in ritual and on social occasions, and examines the erotic connotations of scent in Egyptian art and poetry. Fragrant remedies, the central element in ancient medicine, are fully discussed. Finally, she investigates the widespread use of cosmetics, as revealed in wall paintings and painted sculptures. The book features a hundred color photographs, taken by Werner Forman, of objects in the world's most celebrated museum collections. Exquisite cosmetic containers in the form of birds and animals, reliefs representing kings and priests perfuming images of deities, and lifelike mummy masks displaying make-up are among the images represented.During the past decade, the West has seen a revival of traditional skills, particularly in the areas of spirituality and healing. This stunning book introduces an abundance of once highly prized skills to be reacquired and ancient products to be sampled anew."


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    Title
    Sacred Luxuries
    Subtitle
    Fragrance, Aromatherapy, and Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lise Manniche, Photographs by Werner Forman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 249 mm
    Height: 272 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 998 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801437205
    ISBN 10: 0801437202
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: JHBT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AFRICN, CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3B
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15830
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A14202020
    Ingram Theme: CULT/EAFRIC
    BISAC V2.8: HIS009000, HIS002030, ART015060, HEA003000
    DC22: 391.6/3/0932
    LC classification: DT62.T5 M36 1999
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    DC22: 391.630932
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    DC21: 391.630932
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, JHB, NHTB, NHC, NHHA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAE
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3B
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    100
    Publisher
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    01 October 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Ithaca
    Review quote
    "Anyone interested in the art of fragrance will be captivated by this book. . . . Reading it, one can almost smell the ancient Egyptian perfume. It's all sweetness and delight. Manniche's genuine love for her subject is evident on every page. This book is a treat for the mind, the eye, and the nose." Marie-Paule Vanlathem, Scientific American. January/February, 2000."