Scented Oils, Skincare

Anointing represented the most important usage of oils and fats in Early Mesopotamia.

Aromatization of oils was achieved by placing pieces of wood and other aromatic substances into the oil, furthermore, apple and flour were added. Scented oils were a standard gift for guests invited to meals, and most often represented a gift for women.

Oil was applied after washing, and beyond the protection of the skin, the massage of oil entailed healing and healthcare.

The dossiers and texts that can be retrieved in the Digital Data Collection for these topics do not aptly represent the wealth of data regarding this aspect.