Kohl stick

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
1550–1070 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x diameter: 14.3 x 0.7 cm (5 5/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.4329

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

This kohl applicator stick is carved from light, fine-grained wood. It’s surfaces have been polished, and it shows some slight purplish-brown discolorations. It is intact.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way