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Kohl Pot

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Kohl Pots

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.
MEDIUM Serpentine
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938–1700 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 2 3/4 x diam. of rim 2 1/4 in. (7 x 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Green and black serpentine kohl pot. Condition: Almost half of the rim is missing. Surface crack running down from rim to feet.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Kohl Pot, ca. 1938–1700 B.C.E. Serpentine, 2 3/4 x diam. of rim 2 1/4 in. (7 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.651E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.651E_erg2.jpg)
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