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Kohl Jar with Lid

A work made of travertine (egyptian alabaster).
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of travertine (egyptian alabaster).


Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12 (about 1985–1773 BCE)



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Kohl is the modern name for the dark eyeliner worn by the Egyptians. The powdered cosmetic was stored in small, lidded jars. In the Middle Kingdom, the preferred shape was the squat jar with a wide, flat rim.


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Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Kohl Jar with Lid


Egypt (Object made in)

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1985 BCE–1773 BCE


Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


a (jar): 7.1 × 6.8 × 7 cm (2 13/16 × 2 11/16 × 2 3/4 in.) b (lid): .68 × 6 × 6 cm (1/4 × 2 3/8 × 2 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, Robert H. Fleming, and Norman W. Harris

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