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. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
2 3/4 x diam. of rim 2 1/4 in. (7 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Kohl Pot, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Serpentine, 2 3/4 x diam. of rim 2 1/4 in. (7 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.651E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.651E_erg2.jpg)
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Green and black serpentine kohl pot.
Condition: Almost half of the rim is missing. Surface crack running down from rim to feet.
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