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.
Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
1 3/4 x diam. 1 5/8 in. (4.5 x 4.1 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Esna, Egypt; 1907, excavated by Henri de Morgan for the Brooklyn Museum.
Kohl pot, with pear-shaped body, flat, sharply protruding disk base, very broad, flat-topped, thin, flaring brim, short concave neck. Boring straight. Gray, with smooth, close texture.
Condition: Chipped in rim and foot.
Kohl Pot, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Anhydrite, 1 3/4 x diam. 1 5/8 in. (4.5 x 4.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.206. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.07.447.206_erg2.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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