Steatite ointment spoon in form of a diving girl, Egyptian, 1575BC to 1308BC
Ancient Egyptians used ointment for many applications. They may have prepared and mixed ingredients for medical procedures. They may also have measured liquids such as opium. Opium was mixed with wine or used to create cosmetics. Ointment spoons often depict some link to water. This spoon was created in the form of a diving girl. This possibly relates to an unknown deity. It has been suggested ointment spoons were also used in funerary rituals.
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