Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The Egyptians stored kohl in squat containers usually made of stone.
A kohl pot’s specialized function required a certain shape: broad, low proportions that fit in the palm of the hand; an opening wide enough to allow the insertion of a finger or applicator; and a tight lid to protect the contents from dust, wind, and moisture. Although the shape remained consistent, craftsmen used different colored materials to achieve variety.
ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Kohl Pot, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Anhydrite, 3 1/16 x 2 3/8 in. (7.8 x 6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.78.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 58.78.1a-b_SL1.jpg)
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