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Sacred Luxuries


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Lise Manniche is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Copenhagen. Werner Forman's photographs have appeared in The Life of the Ancient Egyptians and Hieroglyphs and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt.


"Anyone interested in the art of fragrance will be captivated by this book... Reading it, one can almost smell the ancient Egyptian perfume. It's all sweetness and delight. Manniche's genuine love for her subject is evident on every page. This book is a treat for the mind, the eye, and the nose."-Marie-Paule Vanlathem, Scientific American. January/February, 2000. "This publication introduces the ingredients used in ancient Egyptian perfumes and incense, the sources of and trade in these materials, and their social and religious significance to the Egyptians. It is beautifully illustrated with color images of ancient cosmetic utensils and scenes from Egyptian tombs and Islamic manuscripts."-Denise M. Doxey, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Religious Studies Review, Vol. 27, No. 2, April 2001 "Perfume was so important a part of ancient Egyptian life that it is remarkable that there are no other monographs on the subject. Noted author Manniche studies the role of perfume and scent in Egyptian society as medicine, aphrodisiac, incense, and cosmetic... Scholarly but readable."-Library Journal. March 1, 2000. "If you have ever been fascinated by the beauty of literally thousands of extant containers produced by the ancient Egyptians for holding cosmetics, unguents, oils, incense, etc., and wondered about the actual composition of all of these varied substances and their importance to the dwellers along the Nile in antiquity, this beautifully illustrated book is for you. Lise Manniche has done extensive research on the aforementioned substances and Sacred Luxuries is certain to stand as the definitive account of the subject for a long time to come."-David Moyer, KMT. Spring, 2000. "A lavishly illustrated 'must have' treasure trove of knowledge, enjoyment and inspiration."-M. A. Murray-Pierce, Fragrance Forum. Winter/Spring 2000. "Manniche gives us an excellent look at this fascinating yet unfamiliar aspect of Ancient Egyptian society. A lot of careful and hard work has gone into producing this beautiful book, which is recommended for those interested in fragrances, beauty care and, of course, Ancient Egypt."-The Reviewer, June 2000

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