Pear-Shaped Kohl Pot
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.
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- Medium: Alabaster
- Reportedly From: Edfu, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1630 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty - XIII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 7/8 in. (2.3 cm) high x 1 3/16 in. (3 cm) diameter (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 09.889.39
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Pear-Shaped Kohl Pot, ca. 1938-1630 B.C.E. Alabaster, 7/8 in. (2.3 cm) high x 1 3/16 in. (3 cm) diameter. Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 09.889.39. Creative Commons-BY
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