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Kohl vase

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 11
Reign:
reign of Mentuhotep II, possibly
Date:
ca. 2051–2000 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 101, Chamber 4, east, MMA excavations, 1926–27
Medium:
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Dimensions:
H. 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.3.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109
Found within a wooden box with a sliding top (27.3.1), this is one of the earliest kohl vases, designed to hold a mineral such as galena used for eye paint, in the Museum. Its somewhat awkward shape and relatively wide opening are typical of the kohl vessels from this period. Four additional cosmetic jars were discovered in the same box.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926–1927. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1927.

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