Phoenician limestone cosmetic palette, 700-600 B.C.

This piece is a cosmetic palette used to contain and mix pigments that would serve as make-up for the Phoenicians. It has five circles that are distributed in an orderly manner on its surface. Like the Egyptians, a civilization that greatly influenced the Phoenicians, the Phoenicians enjoyed the use of makeup. The few references we have are taken from classical sources such as Pliny the Elder or Ovid. It is known that women painted their faces white, lips and cheeks red and eyes yellow and black. The love for the color red by the Phoenicians is evident from the large amount of red powders found. The Phoenician civilization is chronologically situated between 1200 and 330 B.C., located in the narrow strip of the Mediterranean between Syria and Palestine. The Phoenicians maintained contacts with all the states and empires in their territorial environment, which is why it was a coveted place as a strategic and commercial enclave. Furthermore, its geographical position meant that it had an important maritime vocation.


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