The 2,700-year-old lotion found in the tomb of Chinese nobles

Ancient nobles used cosmetics made from animal fat and a special type of mud in caves to nourish their facial skin during the Spring and Autumn Warriors.

Experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences unearthed an aristocrat filled with burial items at the Liujiawa site in northern China. During the Spring and Fall Warring States period (771 – 476 BC), before Chinese reunification under the Qin Dynasty, Liujiawa was the capital of the vassal state of the Nhue. Among the nobility’s burial items were bronze weapons and bronze jars engraved with decorative motifs containing an ancient facial cream.

The team said they immediately suspected that the ivory-white soft substance inside the jar was cosmetic. The results of chemical analysis confirmed their speculation. The two main ingredients in the cream are the fat from ruminants in cage and moonmilk. White tectonic is a flexible mud formed from carbonate, formed on the ceiling of cave systems of limestone and dolomite, when dry it can be ground into powder.

“Residue from animal fat mixed with the mineral monohydrocalcite coming from the cave ceiling was more likely to be used as a face cream for the Nhue water nobility,” the team concluded. “This is an ancient example of cosmetic manufacturing in China, revealing the health of the skin care industry.”

The cream in the jar makes the user’s face whiter, in a way that makes them stand out. According to the researchers, the finding is the earliest evidence of a men’s face cream for men in China. Another similar example comes from the Three Kingdoms period (220-280). The team announced their findings in the journal Archaeometry on February 1.

Source:  VnExpress

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