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Kohl stick

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This is a thin, pin-like kohl stick that widens at the top into a decorative component carved in the form of an open hand. A break near the middle has been mended.

Provenance

From Sheikh Farag SF162. 1912-1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Badarian to Naqada III 4500–about 2960 B.C.

Findspot

Sheikh Farag, Egypt

Dimensions

Length: 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

13.3726

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical