Kohl Tube in the Form of a Fish
The ancient Egyptians stored kohl, an eyeliner made from galena, in many different types of containers. The pear-shaped pot and the fish were two possible forms for holding kohl. The fish, which was also a popular fertility symbol, connects the role of the highlighted eyes with Egyptian conceptions of beauty.
This text refers to these objects: ' 09.889.39; 11.668
- Medium: Alabaster
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty (possibly)
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 1 5/8 x 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. (4.2 x 1.9 x 11.1 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 11.668
- Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Kohl Tube in the Form of a Fish, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Alabaster, 1 5/8 x 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. (4.2 x 1.9 x 11.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 11.668. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Alabaster figure of a fish with hollow body with opening through mouth. Use uncertain, probably to be used as a kohl tube. Compare with 37.316E. Condition: General condition good. Tail slightly chipped, mouth chipped. Eyes incised. Wear around edges of the mouth suggest heavy use. Similar objects are known in glass and are generally assumed to be toilet articles.
- Record Completeness: Best (88%)