Flowers appear in the burial grounds and artistic renderings of various cultures. Egyptians often used petals for everything from scenting a house to perfume. Flowers also appeared in religious ritual, particularly for preparing the dead for the afterlife. “National Geographic” noted that archaeologists unearthed pressed laurels and garlands in the 3,000-year-old coffin of Tutankhamun’s mother.
Humans have long had a fascination with collecting and preserving flowers, a practice believed to date back to ancient civilizations. In the 16th century, Japanese artists began the practice of Oshibana, in which they would create large pictures using pressed flowers as their medium.