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Kohl jar

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Cosmetics and other toiletries were highly valued by the ancient Egyptians. Both men and women wore eye makeup, which served to protect the eyes from the bright sun and from blowing sand and dust. Pigment was made either from green malachite (a type of copper ore) or from grayish black galena...

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By 1967, sold by Robert Gordon Faudree to Horace L. Mayer (b. 1899 - d. 1968), Williamstown, MA [see note 1]; to his widow, Florence Ellen Mayer, Williamstown; 1973, gift of Mrs. Mayer to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1974) NOTES: [1] According to a letter from Horace Mayer to Edward Terrace of the MFA (November 17, 1967). First lent by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA on October 17, 1967 (loan no. 206.67).

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Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12–13, 1991–about 1640 B.C.

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Height x diameter: 2.9 x 2.9 cm (1 1/8 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Obsidian and gold


The Ancient World