Cleopatra VII Philopator, known to history simply as Cleopatra, was the last active pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, only shortly survived by her son, Caesarion as pharaoh. Cleopatra’s larders were so heavily endowed at the time of her death in 30 B.C., that when the Romans plundered Egypt, the Roman Empire was able to reduce its interest rates from 12 to 4 percent. In short: she was rich.
So that leaves one to wonder: What kind of purse might she have carried, and what would be in it?
Let’s hope her potion for Caesar’s baldness was not inside. The smell of burnt mice, ground horse teeth, bear grease and deer marrow can’t possibly be too pleasant in an unventilated purse after a hot day cruising the Nile.
We asked a few style mavens what they thought Cleo would carry –
Wanelo says, “Cleopatra would have a purse that speaks to her one true love: her cat. A gold lion purse is absolutely purrfect for any Egyptian ruler. Besides holding the hearts of many men including Julius Caesar and Mark Antony it would carry gold coins, snacks, and a cat doll for her son.”
It seems the gold/yellow theme is on the minds of many, when it comes to the Egyptian enchantress. “Nothing but a solid gold hand bag would do for Queen of the Nile!” says Marian Rothschild, stylist and author of the book, Look Good Now and Always. “Yes it would be heavy, but that why you have slaves, of course; to carry your stuff. Inside her bag would be a vial of Moroccan oil for moisturizing skin and hair in that dessert heat, black ink for any eyeliner smudges, some frankincense perfume, a hand-carved comb, some gold coins for bribing government officials and bandits, and last but not least, a spare cobra in case the one on her headpiece breaks off.”
Rohini Shah, the founder of BluSalt thinks the royal bag would be “Sleek, black with gold / silver accessories to complement her mysterious, gorgeous kohl-lined eyes, black hair and phenomenal head-dress. It would be convertible from a clutch to a cross-body purse, which is good for everything from an evening banquet with Caesar to a rugged trip inside a carpet. There would be a discrete pocket to secure personal items, or in Cleopatra’s case, to keep that extra vial of venom. Not to mention passes, passports and photos of Caesarion.”
Wendy Kendall says, “snakeskin would suit Cleopatra. Inside would be a fan made from ostrich feathers, wine, lots of makeup, a compact mirror, an international smart phone for calls to Italy and to take lots of selfies, and discount coupons for pizza and Greek yogurt.”
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- 1 inner pocket
- 1 zippered inner pocket
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