Fish-shaped cosmetic spoon. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–19, ca. 1550–1185 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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