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.
Egyptian alabaster, traces of galena
ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
37.649Ea: 1 3/8 x Diam. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 x 3.5 cm)
37.649Eb: 1/4 x Diam. 1 1/4 in. (0.6 x 3.1 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Kohl Pot, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster, traces of galena, 37.649Ea: 1 3/8 x Diam. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 x 3.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.649Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.649Ea-b_erg2.jpg)
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Small alabaster kohl pot (a) and lid (b). Inside the vessel the remains of galena.
Condition: Foot chipped; exterior dirty. The lid has two marks on the underside; otherwise good.
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