Jar with Monkeys
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. 2008-1759 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 11 to Dynasty 12
1 1/4 × Diam. 7/8 in. (3.2 × 2.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Blue marble kohl jar. Body of unusual form, roughly circular with major portion flattened to form three sides which slope in sharply to small flat base. On the body, in very high relief, three monkeys grasping tail or hand of each other. Wide, cylindrical opening in body. Cover missing.
Condition: Exterior surface badly worn and covered with crystalline deposit which obscures color of stone.
Jar with Monkeys, ca. 2008-1759 B.C.E. Anhydrite, 1 1/4 × Diam. 7/8 in. (3.2 × 2.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 52.55. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.52.55_erg2.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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