New Kingdom, Dynasty 14–18
Findspot: Egypt, Possibly from Rifeh
Height x diameter: 6 x 5.3 cm (2 3/8 x 2 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Not On View
This kohl jar of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) is of generally squat proporitions with high shoulders, a flaring rim (with thinning profile), and a flat, splayed base. The rim is broken around the entire circumference. Some dark discolorations appear in the stone, and paint/grime appears particularly around the base.
Stone palettes are identified particularly with earlier periods of ancient Egyptian history. Non-functional (in the utilitarian sense), often elaborately decorated “ceremonial” examples are known. Often simpler, functional examples were used to grind and mix mineral-based pigments (including ocher, malachite, hematite) that were often mixed with other substances to make cosmetics or other decorative media.
Possibly from Deir Rifa. By 1907: with the Egyptian Research Account. 1907: Given to the MFA by the Egyptian Research Account.
(Accession Date: October 10, 1907)
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