At least we might find out what perfumes smelled like so we can at least guess what the perfume might have been like at the time—what the stuff poured on Jesus feet smelled like.
Some say Mary M. was Jesus’s wife or GF. Could be—I don’t think Jesus was gay.
I bet they don’t smell as good as they did when they were made.
Distilled oil of spikenard from India and elsewhere in the east has been known and used as a perfume for thousands of years. Spikenard was traditionally kept in alabaster jars, iirc.
I bought some to see what it smelled like. It has an initial musty smell that is unpleasant, which disappears in a few minutes and leaves behind an exquisitely beautiful, heavenly fragrance. I love the stuff.