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Kohl Jar of Sithathoryunet

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Reign:
reign of Senwosret II–Amenemhat III
Date:
ca. 1887–1813 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Fayum Entrance Area, Lahun, Tomb of Sithathoryunet (BSA Tomb 8), Chamber E, box 3, BSAE excavations 1914
Medium:
Obsidian, gold
Dimensions:
H. with lid 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.); diam. of Jar 4 cm (1 9/16 in.); diam. of lid 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Henry Walters Gift, 1916
Accession Number:
16.1.36a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111
Used by both men and women, cosmetics were an important part of ancient Egyptian beautification and the hoped-for rejuvenation of the dead. This squat vessel held the eye cosmetic kohl. Although vessels of this shape were common during the Middle Kingdom, the use of obsidian rimmed with gold identifies them as royal possessions. They were apparently originally housed in a small box.
Excavated by Petrie at Lahun under the sponsorship of the British School of Archeology in Egypt, 1914. Received by Petrie in the division of finds. Purchased by the Museum from Petrie, 1916.

Roehrig, Catharine H. 2015. "Cosmetic Vessels of Princess Sithathoryunet." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 112, no. 53B.

Stünkel, Isabel 2015. "Royal Women: Ladies of the Two Lands." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 93.

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