Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
In antiquity this container held a black eye paint called kohl. The piece was closed in an unusual manner. A vertical groove runs through the edge of lid and along the side of the tube. When the applicator was inserted in the groove, it prevented the lid from pivoting, effectively sealing the container.
ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Cover turns on a pivot. Separate compartment for stick.
Kohl Tube, ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E. Wood, Height: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.634Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.634E_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.37.634E_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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