What gives this its lovely color?
The shiny surface is the result of glazing, and the blue pigment is probably copper based!
This object is made of a material called faience, which you've probably seen all over our Egyptian galleries. Faience is made of a quartz based paste that can be formed into shapes using molds, and then fired.
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Were any cosmetics preserved from Ancient Egypt?
Sometimes traces of cosmetics remain in containers or on palettes. One of the most common examples is kohl, which ancient Egyptians used to line their eyes. It was made from grinding a mineral known as stibnite.