The first form of perfume was incense. Incense was first discovered by the Mesopotamians about 4,000 years ago. Ancient cultures burned many kinds of resins, bums and woods at their religious ceremonies. They often soaked the fragrant woods and resins in water and oil, and rubbed their bodies with the liquid. They also embalmed the dead with these perfumes.> Early Europeans used many different containers to store their perfumes.> They used glass, gold, silver, porcelain, gems, pearls, semi-precious stones and various shells. Perfume was commonly used in the form of incense.> Some incense burners consisted of a container held from chains. It was swung like a pendulum during Mass in the Christian Church. There were also stationary incense burners used in Churches.> Some perfume containers were designed to be worn. Semi-precious stones held perfumes and were pinned to clothing. Silver earrings were worn that contained perfume soaked fabric inside them.> Many containers were designed to be hung around the neck, from a belt, or from a finger ring.> Perfume bottles were always handcrafted and designed by artists, jewelers and goldsmiths. Many bottles were designed to be worn, or displayed on a table.> Nefertiti, an Egyptian beauty from an earlier dynasty, surrounded herself with perfume: containers with myrrh, flacons filled with sweet oils, and handsomely ornamented jars of unguents.> Things have certainly changed in our world of perfume bottles since this time in history wouldn’t you agree ladies.. far less decadence …


  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 6 years ago

    just gorgeous!!

  • You have the quickest fingers next to Al Thanks Cheryl.. Playing again in the storm today..:)

    – LjMaxx

  • dpennyor
    dpennyorabout 6 years ago

    OH FANTASTIC WORK!!! fantastic my friend, such wonderful work!!!

  • Hey Dennis. ManyThanks to you.. Gonna put it with a matt in here to show.. :)

    – LjMaxx

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxabout 6 years ago

    You have the quickest fingers next to Al Thanks Cheryl.. Playing again in the storm today..:)

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsabout 6 years ago

    marvellos work

  • Hey Thea… Thanks so much.. Your very quick too.. :)

    – LjMaxx

  • dpennyor
    dpennyorabout 6 years ago

    gorgeous looking!! matted too

  • Thanks Dennis,. :)

    – LjMaxx

  • Scott Bricker
    Scott Brickerabout 6 years ago

    whooooa! so very nice! beautiful fractals, and educating, too! what a woman…

  • Thanks so much Scott.. Good snow day fun…:)

    – LjMaxx

  • happypattern
    happypatternabout 6 years ago

    This is just brilliant work!

  • Thanks very much H.P.. So glad u liked it.. :)

    – LjMaxx

  • cdudak
    cdudakabout 6 years ago

    LJ, this is so beautiful, love the coloring here and design.

  • Hi Kay. Thanks.. I really appreciate that..

    – LjMaxx

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromabout 6 years ago

    This is too awesome and the history was facinating! Beautiful work!

  • Hi Susan.. Thrilled you liked it plus the read! :)

    – LjMaxx

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelabout 6 years ago

    LJ, I love a nice fragrance of good perfume, and this image and your writing serves it well. Excellent as always. – Cora

  • Hi Cora. Me too.. Seems more interesting to me when I hook the design up with something interesting for me to read.. .. I very much appreciate your commenting too..:)

    – LjMaxx

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