Kohl jar

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


Height x width x depth: 7.1 x 4.1 x 4.7 cm (2 13/16 x 1 5/8 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

This kohl pot is made of light wood with purplish-brown discolorations. Its exterior surfaced are smoothed and unpolished. It has been carved in the shape of four conjoined vertical cylinder wells, with a fifth one of smaller size to hold a kohl applicator. It is in slightly cracked condition.


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