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Kohl jar and lid

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The base of this kohl jar is flat and splayed, and the rim is flattened and everted. The disc-shaped lid is made from a reddish potsherd. It was chipped in antiquity. The jar is about half filled with black kohl powder. There are remains of rawhide and rawhide thong on the neck.


Nubia (Sudan)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Kerma, 2400–1550 B.C.

Object Place

Nubia (Sudan)


Height x depth: 4.5 x 3.8 cm (1 3/4 x 1 1/2 in.) Diameter (lid): 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World