Relief panel (detail), ca. 883–859 B.C., Neo-Assyrian. Gypsum alabaster. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr. 1932

Making Scents of the Ancient World: Aromas of Mesopotamia


The Getty Villa

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Perfume was everywhere in the ancient world, from oils used to scent or heal the body to aromatic incense burned in homes and temples. The ancient Mesopotamians and Assyrians developed scented oils suitable for hair, beard, and body using fragrant plants, flowers, resins, and spices. In this free, drop-in workshop, build your own perfume incorporating ingredients used in antiquity and bring the past home with you. Complements the exhibition Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq.

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