Cosmetic spoon with a depiction of a girl playing lute. New Kingdom, ca. 1550–1070 B. C.

In Egyptology a cosmetic spoon means an ornately shaped vessel for cosmetic paints or aromatic
oils that were especially popular during the 18th and 19th dynasties. However, the scientists still
argue over the exact purpose of these objects. Some doubt, whether they were just beautiful
containers for incense, or had a religious meaning. If the last version is right, the spoons might
have contained some sacrificial substances or elements of religious rituals.

The iconography of the spoons is based on the images of women, Nile vegetation, or beautiful
gardens.

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