Choosing specimens to photograph: ingredients of fragrances thought to be used by the Ancient Egyptians.
From left to right: Galbanum, cinnamon, myrrh. Front: cardamom
Photographs of these may be chosen as part of our new Ancient Worlds Gallery, opening in October 2012.
Galbanum and myrrh are both types of gum resin, which comes from small trees growing in North Africa. Both are strongly aromatic and often used in insense. Cinnamon is from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree.