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Cosmetic Box
Cosmetic Box, 13th century
Korean
Porcellaneous stoneware with inlay decoration under celadon glaze
1 1/2 x 3 3/8 inches (3.8 x 8.6 cm)
Gift of Horace H. F. Jayne, 1929
1929-123-1a,b
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Research Idea: Cosmetics

Cosmetics—products to beautify, perfume, and color the skin and hair—are popular today, but have also been used in many cultures for several centuries. Egyptian women are thought to have invented eyeliner. George Washington wore a white powdered wig. In Japan, kabuki actors wore very elaborate face paint to create dramatic characters. Have students research the use of cosmetics around the world, both in ancient and contemporary cultures.
 

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