Hair Curler in the Form of a Woman
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The ancient Egyptians took great care in grooming their hair as well as their wigs.
Egyptian men and women shaved their body hair and cut the hair on their heads very short or shaved it completely as a precaution against lice. On ceremonial occasions such as festivals or banquets, men and women wore wigs fashioned from human hair that had been pleated or twirled into locks using small curlers. A cream containing beeswax was rubbed onto the wigs so they would hold their form. Facial and pubic hair was removed with tweezers and razors.
ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Egyptian. Hair Curler in the Form of a Woman, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Bronze, 7/8 x 2 5/16 in. (2.2 x 5.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.654E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.654E_erg456.jpg)
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A small bronze tweezer razor in the form of a swimming Nubian female. She wears a short wig, an armlet, a wide necklace, a short decorated kilt and chest sashes. Her outstretched arms form the upper part of the tweezer. They are attached to the lower half of the tweezer with a metal pivot pin in front of her elbows. Below her feet an area of metal sharp on its edge, forms the razor.
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