137. A Fine Ivory Cosmetic Palette

Greco-Bactria, 1st century BC
Size: 11.8 × 8.3 cm

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Ah, the elegance of those beauties from Bactria! We glimpse their magnificence on the Begram ivories, on the green chlorite disc, and the ivory figurine. To prepare themselves properly required the finest cosmetics and perfumes, along with elegant vessels to match what they contained. This tradition is so old and enduring that Puritanism and other aberrations seem merely to have provided a few bumps along the road of human history.