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Kohl pot lid

Late Meroitic Period
3rd century A.D.

Findspot: Nubia (Egypt), Karanog, Tomb G 116


Height x diameter: 4.5 x 4.2 cm (1 3/4 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood and ivory

Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

Circular wooden kohl pot lid with ivory inlays arranged in star patterns, and bounded in registers by ivory dots.


From Karanog, tomb G 116. 1908: excavated by the E.B. Coxe Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania; assigned to the University of Pennsylvania in the division of finds by the Sudanese government; 1908-1991: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; 1991: received by the MFA through exchange with the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

(Accession date: March 25, 1992)

Credit Line

MFA-University of Pennsylvania Exchange