Double Kohl Tube with Applicator
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Eye makeup has been used for millennia.
Ancient Egyptian men and women used a dark substance called kohl as eye makeup for nearly four thousand years, from the Predynastic Period until the Roman occupation in the fourth century c.e. Kohl emphasized the eyes, reduced sun glare, and repelled flies. The common presence of kohl containers in burials indicates that the Egyptians believed these concerns would continue in the afterlife.
Faience (container), bronze (applicator)
ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
4 x 1 9/16 x 11/16 in. (10.2 x 4 x 1.7 cm)
Stick: 5 in. (12.7 cm) (show scale)
Museum Collection Fund
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Double Kohl Tube with Applicator, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Faience (container), bronze (applicator), 4 x 1 9/16 x 11/16 in. (10.2 x 4 x 1.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 11.671a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.11.671a-b_NegA_print_bw.jpg)
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Double kohl tube of deep blue faience, crudely decorated with three vertical black lines on each side and one black band around neck of each tube. Bronze kohl stick inserted in opening between the tubes. Within each tube is a small ball apparently of linen. Very probably they were originally used as stoppers and have worked down.
Condition: Good, glaze worn in spots, poor workmanship.
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