Kohl stick

Egyptian
Predynastic Period
Badarian to Naqada III 4500–about 2960 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 162

Dimensions

Length: 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

13.3726

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

This is a thin, pin-like kohl stick that widens at the top into a decorative component carved in the form of an open hand. A break near the middle has been mended.

Provenance

From Sheikh Farag SF162. 1912-1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition