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Kohl jar and lid

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This kohl jar has a squat shouldered body. The base is flat, and the rim is flat and everted. The lid is disc shaped, and there is a chip broken off. The lid, neck and body are three separate pieces. It is made of a fine, translucent stone. There is a trace of black on the body.


From Tell el-Yahudiya. 1886–87, Naville excavations for the Egypt Exploration Fund (EEF); assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; December 22, 1887, voted to the MFA by the Egypt Exploration Fund.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 2061–1640 B.C.




Height x diameter ((c) lid): 2.5 x 4.4 cm (1 x 1 3/4 in.) Diameter ((b) rim): 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.) Height x diameter((a) body): 5 x 3.7 cm (1 15/16 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World