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Undecorated Kohl Jar with Lid

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Kohl, still in use in parts of the world today, was a black eyeliner worn by both men and women in ancient Egypt. It had multiple purposes—highlighting the eyes, reducing the glare of the sun, and repelling flies. When used as a cosmetic, kohl made the wearer more sexually attractive. Explicitly linked to physical conception in the tomb, kohl helped an Egyptian to be reborn.
MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Excavated: Sawama, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 1 3/4 x 1 7/8 in. (4.5 x 4.8 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 14.609a-b
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Undecorated Kohl Jar with Lid, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Faience, 1 3/4 x 1 7/8 in. (4.5 x 4.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.609a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.14.609a-b_erg456.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.14.609a-b_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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