di Maria Rosaria Belgiorno
The Perfume of Cyprus.
From Pyrgos to François Coty the route of a millenary charm
Maria Rosaria Belgiorno
formato 17x24 cm, 400 pagine
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The Perfume of Cyprus is an interesting and through-provoking read.
Maria Rosaria Belgiorno demonstrates the significance of the production
and use of perfumes from the Bronze Age to the present day with the case
study of the wonderful archaeological site of Pyrgos; a site which has
in situ examples of the differing implements and ceramics involved in
Notably she places Cyprus into the broader context which is an important
aspect when considering the production and use of perfumes that clearly
This is clear from the extensive trade of Cyprian perfumes which gives
the island of Cyprus a central role in the trade of perfume and
cosmetics. Indeed, the similarities and connections with Egyptian
perfumes, in both their production and traditions, demonstrate the areas
of contact and influences as well as allowing for a wonderful
comparison. Whilst the production and trade perfumes has seen a
continuation even to this day with a specific olfactory family.
Additionally a significance of the specific ingredients has been made
clear, although it is a shame the exact quantities and process of the
production of the most ancient Cyprian perfumes is still unknown.
(Perhaps this is scope for further research?) Certainly the importance
held by certain key ingredients, such as wine, imbues further
significance onto the perfumes themselves, not to mention the clear
skill and knowledge needed in the choice of ingredients and the
production. As such the ingredients are of interest when considering the
modern day; even though presently chemicals are often used in the
production of perfume, the significance and persistent use of wine, for
example, in differing recipes and as a popular drink has been maintained
throughout the centuries until the present day.
Moreover the connection Maria Rosaria Belgiorno draws upon between
scent, perfumes and cosmetics with divine powers, gods and goddesses,
such as Aphrodite, brings the focus towards the beliefs and aspects
important to contemporary prehistoric society. As well as the powerful
connection of the human mind and scent which overall demonstrate the
significance perfume held and therefore the importance of research into
its production at Pyrgos and across Cyprus.
The Perfume of Cyprus: from Pyrgos to François Coty the Route of a
Millenary Charm is a fascinating read which will allow the reader to
really understand the world of scent both today and in the past.
Amber Roy. PhD New Castle University