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Kohl Container in the Shape of a Palm Column

A work made of glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass.


New Kingdom, mid–Dynasty 18 or early Dynasty 19, about 1352–1213 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. The columns shaped like palm trees common in ancient Egyptian architecture inspired the elegant form of this glass vessel. Containers like this luxurious example were buried with their owners for continued use in the afterlife.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Kohl Container in the Shape of a Palm Column


Egypt (Object made in)

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1352 BCE–1213 BCE




8.3 × 3.6 × 3.5 cm (3 5/16 × 1 7/16 × 1 7/16 in.)

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Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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