Most ancient Egyptians could not read. Potters and stone carvers therefore designed specific vessel shapes for specific contents so everyone would know what they contained. Jars of this shape, for example, always held soothing aromatic ointments.
- Medium: Serpentine
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 2 13/16 x Greatest diam. 2 3/8 in. (7.1 x 6.1 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.95E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Jar, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Serpentine, 2 13/16 x Greatest diam. 2 3/8 in. (7.1 x 6.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.95E. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Serpentine kohl jar. Condition: Small nicks and scratches.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)