Kohl Tube in the Form of a Fish
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The ancient Egyptians stored kohl, an eyeliner made from galena, in many different types of containers. The pear-shaped pot and the fish were two possible forms for holding kohl. The fish, which was also a popular fertility symbol, connects the role of the highlighted eyes with Egyptian conceptions of beauty.
Egyptian alabaster (calcite)
ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
Dynasty 18 (possibly)
1 5/8 x 1 1/8 x 4 3/8 in. (4.1 x 2.9 x 11.1 cm) (show scale)
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Museum Collection Fund
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Kohl Tube in the Form of a Fish, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster (calcite), 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 x 4 3/8 in. (4.1 x 2.9 x 11.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 11.668. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 11.668_side1_PS2.jpg)
side, side 1, 11.668_side1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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Alabaster figure of a fish with hollow body with opening through mouth. Use uncertain, probably to be used as a kohl tube. Compare with 37.316E.
Condition: General condition good. Tail slightly chipped, mouth chipped. Eyes incised. Wear around edges of the mouth suggest heavy use.
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