Undecorated Kohl Jar with Lid
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Kohl, still in use in parts of the world today, was a black eyeliner worn by both men and women in ancient Egypt. It had multiple purposes—highlighting the eyes, reducing the glare of the sun, and repelling flies. When used as a cosmetic, kohl made the wearer more sexually attractive. Explicitly linked to physical conception in the tomb, kohl helped an Egyptian to be reborn.
ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
Undecorated Kohl Jar with Lid, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Faience, 1 3/4 x 1 7/8 in. (4.5 x 4.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.609a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.14.609a-b_erg456.jpg)
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