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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-early New Kingdom, Dynasty 12-early Dynasty 18, about 1985-1479 BCE



About this artwork

This small container was designed to hold kohl, a cosmetic eye paint made of ground galena or malachite. Ancient Egyptian men and women wore kohl for its aesthetic appeal but also to dampen the harsh sunlight of North Africa and possibly even for medicinal purposes. Containers like this were buried with their owners for continued use in the afterlife.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Kohl Jar with Lid


Egypt (Object made in)

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c. 1985 BCE–1773 BCE


Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


Lid On: 4.4 × 4 × 4.1 cm (1 3/4 × 1 9/16 × 1 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty and Charles L. Hutchinson

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