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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).

Date:

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

Artist:

Egyptian

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 50

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Kohl Jar with Lid

Place

Egypt (Object made in)

Date

c. 1985 BCE–1773 BCE

Medium

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Dimensions

a (lid): 0.4 × 4 × 4 cm (3/16 × 1 9/16 × 1 9/16 in.) b (jar): 4.1 × 4 × 4.1 cm (1 5/8 × 1 9/16 × 1 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty and Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1894.664a-b

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