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Kohl jar and lid

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This squat, shouldered kohl jar has a separate rim and lid. The base is flat and footed. The jar still contains caked kohl powder. Other than a small chip in the rim, it is complete.


From Deir el-Bersha, grave 2501. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession date March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


Height x depth: 3.8 x 4 cm (1 1/2 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World