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Ointment jar in the form of a trussed duck

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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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Provenance

By 1961: Horace L. Mayer (d. 1968) collection; lent by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA in 1961; given by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 29, 1965)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer

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

Object Place for Label

Object Place

Egypt

Dimensions

Width x height x depth: 6.2 x 15 x 7.4 cm (2 7/16 x 5 7/8 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1749

Medium or Technique

Anhydrite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels