Kohl jar, lid and stick

Nubian
Kerma
2400–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma

Dimensions

Height x depth: 5.6 x 4.4 cm (2 3/16 x 1 3/4 in.) Diameter (lid): 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.) Length (stick): 8.1 cm (3 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1134a-c

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The base is of this kohl jar is flat and splayed, and the rim is flattened and everted. The neck is flaring. The disc-shaped lid has a knob on the underside. The jar contains remains of kohl (gray powder) and the rim and underside of the lid are stained with kohl. The applicator stick, made of gray slate, is cylindrical with a bulbous end.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K433. 1920: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

Findspot Information: From Kerma, January 1914.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition