Egyptian Alabaster Kohl Vessel

An ancient Egyptian alabaster lidded kohl vessel.

Middle Kingdom,
Ca. 1985-1795 BC.
Height: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm).

Black galena (lead sulfide) based kohl (Egyptian: mesmedet) was not only used for beauty but also for religious, symbolic, and practical reasons as it worked as a natural disinfectant and protected the eyes from the bright sunlight.

Formerly in the collection of Jerome Eisenberg, New York.
Inv#: 8925
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