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Kohl Container in the Shape of a Palm Column

A work made of core-formed glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of core-formed glass.

Date:

New Kingdom, mid–Dynasty 18 or early Dynasty 19, about 1352–1213 BCE

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

This small container was designed to hold kohl, a cosmetic eye paint made of ground galena or malachite. Ancient Egyptian men and women wore kohl for its aesthetic appeal but also to dampen the harsh sunlight of North Africa and possibly even for medicinal purposes. The columns shaped like palm trees common in ancient Egyptian architecture inspired the elegant form of this glass vessel. Containers like this luxurious example were buried with their owners for continued use in the afterlife.

Status

On View, Gallery 50

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Kohl Container in the Shape of a Palm Column

Place

Egypt (Object made in)

Date

1352 BCE–1213 BCE

Medium

Core-formed glass

Dimensions

8.2 × 3.0 × 3.0 cm (3 1/4 × 1 1/8 × 1 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1941.1084

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