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Create a piece of fragrant history

with Dora Goldsmith and Klara Ravat.


An olfactory artist and an Egyptologist came together to create a workshop, where you can make your own perfume based on an ancient Egyptian recipe that dates back to as early as the building of the pyramids.


Klara Ravat is an olfactory artist based in Berlin. She is the co-founder of the Smell Lab, a community project that focuses on the investigation and practice of the art and science of the sense of smell. Klara’s Smell Lab offers scent design workshops, scent summits and smell walks, where the participants can immerse themselves in the mysterious world of olfaction.


Dora Goldsmith is a PhD student of Egyptology at the Freie Universität Berlin. The topic of her PhD project is the sense of smell in ancient Egypt, the exact title of her research being “The Archaeology of Smell in Ancient Egypt. A Cultural Anthropological Study Based on Written Sources”. She is a fellow of the ELES-Foundation, which supports young talented researchers.


Throughout this workshop, we will follow an ancient Egyptian recipe step-by-step to create a fragrance called kyphi. You will receive a copy of the original hieroglyphic text with a translation and explanations, as well as all the required materials. Dora will guide you through the text and present an overview of the history of the recipe. Klara will introduce you to perfume-making and give you an insight into the materials. The workshop will take three hours. At the end of the event, you will go home with a bottle of your own kyphi. Join us to create a piece of fragrant history that you can take home with you!




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