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Kohl jar with monkeys in relief

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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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Probably from Thebes (and excavated by Mr. Theodore M. Davis); 1949: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Daniel W. Jones whose father worked with Davis at Thebes.* (Accession date: Aug-25-1949) *Four objects, 49.1071-1074, purchased as a group for $25.

Credit Line

John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom to Second Intermediate Period, Dy, 1991–1550 B.C.

Object Place

Probably from Thebes, Egypt

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Height x diameter 5.5 x 5.8 cm (2 3/16 x 2 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World