Egyptian alabaster kohl pot, 1938 -1700 BC
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All Items: Antiques:Regional Art:Ancient World:Egyptian:Stone: Pre AD 1000: item # 1166402
Aweidah Gallery - Jerusalem based gallery
P.O.Box 51067 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL
An Ancient Egyptian alabaster KOHL pot with a separate cover. Artfully exploiting the banding in the stone.
Dated from, Middle Kingdom, 1938 - 1700 BC Dynasty: XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
Measurements: Height: 5.5 cm – Diameter: 4.5 cm
Condition: Intact, not repaired and not restored
Pigment was made from either green malachite or from black galena and was kept in a powdered form known as 'kohl', in specially made containers that were frequently carved from hard stones, and featuring a squat body, flat lip and rim, and a neck opening just wide enough for the insertion of a finger or kohl stick. Kohl has been worn traditionally since the Protodynastic Period of Egypt (ca. 3100 BC) by Egyptian queens and noble women, who used the sulfide of antimony rather than of lead.
Condition: Intact, untouched as found
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