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Kohl stick

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This kohl stick of ivory has a slight concavity to its middle section, a rounded butt end, and a flat tip. Some brown discoloration appears on the surface. An additional black spot may be remnant pigment.

Provenance

From Kerma, Tomb X-B-118. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan; 1920: Received by the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubia, Classic Kerma, 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Length: 8.4 cm (3 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1640

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical