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Beyond Beauty: Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt

February 2016

The importance of body image in ancient Egypt was discussed as we welcome the curator of the recently opened Beyond Beauty at Two Temple Place to the Club to discuss the ancient Egyptians as presented at their most varied, spectacular and intimate, uncovering a civilisation fascinated by appearance and identity, both in life and death. The exhibition features jewellery, mirrors, scent bottles and personal items used by the Egyptians and divulges why they cared so much about transforming the way they looked and how our perceptions are influenced by the objects they left behind.

Photo credit: Wooden face with inlaid eyes, originally part of a coffin, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22 (945-715 BC). Possibly from excavations at Abydos. Courtesy Two Temple Place and Baghshaw Museum (Kirklees Council). Photography Paul Tucker.