Badarian Beauty

Badarian Beauty

The young woman you see here represents the Badarian culture which appeared in central and southern Egypt between 4400 and 4000 BC. These prehistoric progenitors of the Egyptian civilization would have probably subsisted as semi-nomadic cattle-herders moving between the Saharan savannas and the Nile floodplains every year, supplementing their diet with cultivated wheat and barley as well as hunted wildlife. Despite this “tribal” lifestyle of theirs, the Badarians shared with their “civilized” descendants an affinity for body ornamentation (such as tattooing and jewelry made from copper, ivory, bone, and precious stones) and mummifying their dead to be buried with goods for the afterlife. It goes to show you that even the mightiest empires have what we think of as “primitive” beginnings.

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