An Egyptian Anhydrite Kohl Vessel with Lid, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, ca. 1800 BCE
EV2009Regular price $2,250 USD
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 covered by a matching lid above the carinated shoulder, and an offset disk foot. Good traces of original contents still remain.
For related example see: J. Vandier d’Abbadie, Musée du Louvre Département des Antiquités Egyptiennes - Catalogue des objets de toilette égyptiens (Paris, 1972), no. 330.
Dimensions: Height: 1.7 inches (4.3 cm)
Condition: Rim and lid professionally repaired from partial loss, minor surface chips, otherwise complete and in good condition overall, the interior still with traces of original contents.
Provenance: Property from the Estate of Joan Conway Crancer, St. Louis, Missouri, acquired from Galerie du Sycomore, Paris, 8 November 1990.