Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a stunning building situated in the west end of Glasgow. The museum is filled with a vast array of fascinating objects, from dinosaur skeletons to Victorian dresses, and is truly a wonderful place to visit.
Being a makeup nerd, my favourite part had to be the section dedicated to Ancient Egypt. I entered the room hoping to come across some information on Egyptian cosmetics, but what I found by far exceeded my expectations.
After I’d finished gawping at a bandaged corpse and gigantic stone sarcophagus, I stumbled upon a glass cabinet displaying a range of ancient beauty tools – some of which were over 4000 years old. Awesome.
The collection of dainty artifacts included eyeliner pots, a cosmetic palette and even a hand-held mirror (looks like humanity’s been vain for quite some time).
The display really is a must-see for any makeup fanatic, but for those of you who may not get the chance to visit the museum, here are some snaps!
1. Mirror with papyrus-shaped handle, Middle Kingdom, 2055-1650 BCE, Copper alloy and wood (given By Egyptian Research Students’ Association [Glasgow Branch] 1923).
2. Eye-paint pot and lid, Middle Kingdom, 2055 – 1650 BCE, travertine (given by the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1899).
3. Eye-Paint pot held by a girl, New Kingdom, 1550-1069 BCE, steatite (loaned by British Museum) and eye paint stick, Late Period, 747 – 332 BCE, hematite (loaned by Miss J May Buchanan).
4. Eye-paint pot held by an ape, 18th dynasty, 1550-1295 BCE, Steatite (given by John Martin 1911).
5. Eye-paint pot, Third Intermediate Period, 1069-747 BCE, glazed composition.
6. Cosmetic palette, Roman Period, 30 BCE – 395 CE, Slate (given by the Egypt Exploration Fund).
Note: Thanks to Kelvingrove Museum for allowing me to take pictures of the collection.