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By Alastair Sooke 4 February 2016 Walking around Beyond Beautythe new exhibition organised by charitable foundation the Bulldog Trust in the neo-Gothic mansion of Two Temple Place in central London, you would be forgiven for thinking that the ancient Egyptians were insufferably vain. There are dinky combs and handheld mirrors made of copper alloy or, more rarely, silver.

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There are siltstone palettes, carved to resemble animals, which were used for grinding minerals such as green malachite and kohl for eye makeup. Ancient Egyptians of both sexes apparently went to great lengths to touch up their appearance There are also pale calcite jars and vessels of assorted sizes, in which makeup, as well as unguents and perfumes, could be stored. Then there is a scrap of human hair that suggests the ancient Egyptians commonly wore hair extensions and wigs.

And, of course, there are lots of striking examples of Egyptian jewellery, including a string of beads, decorated with carnelian pendants in the shape of poppy heads, found in the grave of a small child wrapped in matting. In short, ancient Egyptians of both sexes apparently went to great lengths to touch up their appearance.

Moreover, this was just as true in death as it was in life: Yet, for modern archaeologists, the ubiquity of beauty products in ancient Egypt offers a conundrum. On the one hand, it is possible that ancient Egyptians were besotted with superficial appearance, much as we are today.

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Indeed, perhaps they even set the template for how we still perceive beauty. But, on the other, there is a risk that we could project our own narcissistic values onto a fundamentally different culture.

How ancient Egypt shaped our idea of beauty

Is it possible that the significance of cosmetic artefacts in ancient Egypt went beyond the frivolous desire simply to look attractive? Sensibly sexy This is what many archaeologists now believe. Take the common use of kohl eye makeup in ancient Egypt — the inspiration for smoky eye makeup today. Recent scientific research suggests that the toxic, lead-based mineral that formed its base would have had anti-bacterial properties when mixed with moisture from the eyes.

View image of Elaborate sarcophagi depict faces with heavy eye-liner Credit: In other words, there were simple, practical reasons why both men and women in ancient Egypt wished to wear eye makeup.

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Wigs helped to reduce the risk of lice. Jewellery had powerful symbolic and religious significance. Dancing girls and prostitutes used to tattoo their thighs as a precaution against venereal disease A fired clay female figure, depicting an erotic dancer, excavated at Abydos in Upper Egypt and now in the exhibition at Two Temple Place, is embellished with indentations that were meant to represent tattoos.

Of course, in ancient Egypt, tattoos probably had a decorative purpose. But they may have had a protective function too. There is evidence that, during the New Kingdom, dancing girls and prostitutes used to tattoo their thighs with images of the dwarf deity Beswho warded off evil, as a precaution against venereal disease. Although his naked torso is athletic and youthful — idealised, in line with earlier royal portraits — his face is careworn and cracked with furrows.

Moreover his ears, to modern viewers, appear comically large — hardly an attribute, you would think, of male beauty.

Ever since antiquity, following the Roman conquest of Egypt, Cleopatra has been known as a paragon of beauty. Yet, says Tyldesley, who has written a biography of Cleopatra and is researching a book on Nefertiti, there is irony to the fact that these two Egyptian queens now resonate as sex symbols.

You could argue that she appeared on her coins like that on purpose, because she wanted to look stern, and not particularly feminine. But even Plutarch, who never met her either, said that her beauty was in her vivacity and her voice, and not in her appearance. Yet we have decided that she was beautiful and that she has to look like Elizabeth Taylor. I think that the idea of Cleopatra, rather than Cleopatra herself, has influenced us.

After all, beauty, as we know, is in the eye of the beholder.