Saturday, February 20, 2021

Stopping Time

I spotted this captivating item earlier on the Instagram feed of @historiante_

A Roman face cream complete with ancient fingermarks. Dating to around 150 AD it might be said to have long out-survived the face that it was intended to soothe or rejuvenate. 

It was found in London at the site of a temple dedicated to the now rather topical Mars. 

The principal ingredients were animal fat, tin oxide and starch. The latter is still occasionally used here in Guatemala as a treatment for teenage acne. 

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