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Kohl jar, lid and stick

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The base is of this kohl jar is flat and splayed, and the rim is flattened and everted. The neck is flaring. The disc-shaped lid has a knob on the underside. The jar contains remains of kohl (gray powder) and the rim and underside of the lid are stained with kohl. The applicator stick, made...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K433. 1920: excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the EEF in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over. Findspot Information: From Kerma, January 1914.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Kerma, 2400–1550 B.C.


Nubia (Sudan)


Height x depth: 5.6 x 4.4 cm (2 3/16 x 1 3/4 in.) Diameter (lid): 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.) Length (stick): 8.1 cm (3 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World