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Footed Kohl Pot with Lid

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Kohl Containers

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.
MEDIUM Egyptian alabaster (calcite)
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 37.397Ea: 2 3/4 x greatest diam. 3 1/8 in. (7 x 7.9 cm) 37.397Eb: 1/4 x greatest diam. 2 3/8 in. (0.6 x 6.1 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Alabaster vessel (37.397Ea) lid (37.397Eb) and foot (37.397Ec). Condition: Foot made as a separate piece. Lid was once broken into four pieces which have since been repaired.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Footed Kohl Pot with Lid, ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster (calcite), 37.397Ea: 2 3/4 x greatest diam. 3 1/8 in. (7 x 7.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.397Ea-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.397Ea-c_erg456.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.397Ea-c_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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