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EV1506

An Egyptian anhydrite kohl pot, Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, c.1800 BC.

Hand carved, this small container was used to hold galena, the lead ore used in ancient Egypt by both men and women to paint the eyes. The elegant form features an ovoid body, a wide, flat disk rim above the carinated shoulder and an off-set disk foot. 

Compare a slightly more squat example:  J. Vandier d’Abbadie, Musée du Louvre Département des Antiquités Egyptiennes - Catalogue des objets de toilette égyptiens (Paris, 1972), no. 330.

Dimensions:  Height: 1 5/8" x 1 9/16" (4.2 x 4 cm)

Condition:  Two small losses to the flat rim restored, with some minor wear and chipping to the body.  Intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance: on loan to the Michael C. Carlos museum, Emory University 1998 - 2015, accession number:  L1998.062.017

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