TITLE: Recipient for kohl
CULTURE: Ancient Egypt
PERIOD: New Kingdom, Dynasty XVIII, 1550 - 1295 BC
DIMENSIONS: Height 4.3 cm
PROVENANCE: Private collection, Holland, acquired in the 1970s.
CONDITION: Intact, with small chips to the edge of the lip and the foot.
A small unguentarium to hold Egyptian kohl. It is cut from a solid piece of anhydrite with an inverted ovoid body, a foot in the form of a truncated cone and a flared, flat-topped mouth.
This small vessel was used to hold kohl which was made from a base of ground galena mixed with other ingredients. This was used in Ancient Egypt by both men and women to paint around their eyes.
Recipients of this type were left in tombs as they were elements for the storing of food and cosmetics that the deceased would need for nurture in the Other World. They might be placed on a cylindrical support to be used as a table for offerings as can be seen in the funerary reliefs of this period. Stone vessels were considered to be luxury items of the highest degree. They have only been found in royal tombs and those of members of the highest ranks of society.