Eau de Cleopatra: Mendesian perfume and Tell Timai

Littman, R.J., Silverstein, J.E. ORCID: 0000-0002-8213-0321, Goldsmith, D., Coughlin, S. and Mashaly, H., 2021. Eau de Cleopatra: Mendesian perfume and Tell Timai. Near Eastern Archaeology, 84 (3), pp. 216-229. ISSN 1094-2076

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A combination of Classics, Egyptology, and experimental archaeology were utilized to recreate the (in)famous perfume used by Queen Cleopatra VII. Especially important was the use of classical sources and paleobotany to determine the identity of the Egyptian sacred oils such as camphor and balanos. Excavations at the site of Tell Timai revealed a perfumery that contributed to our ability to recreate the process of perfume manufacture. This ancient “Mendesian” perfume has since been recreated in the lab, exhibited at the Smithsonian, and worn again for the first time in millennia.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Near Eastern Archaeology
Creators: Littman, R.J., Silverstein, J.E., Goldsmith, D., Coughlin, S. and Mashaly, H.
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Date: September 2021
Volume: 84
Number: 3
ISSN: 1094-2076
Rights: Copyright 2021 American Society of Overseas Research
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 22 Feb 2023 09:34
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2023 09:34
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/48388

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