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Kohl jar

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It has a shouldered body. The neck is very short. The base is splayed, and the rim is wide and flat. The rim is thin. It has a well polished surface. A rim fragment is missing. The body is cracked and slightly battered.


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

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11–13, 2061–1640 B.C.


Height x diameter: 5 x 7.3 cm (1 15/16 x 2 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Black serpentine


The Ancient World