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Jar for Eye Paint (kohl) with Attached Stand

Middle Kingdom
late Dynasty 12–early Dynasty 13
ca. 1878–1749 B.C.
From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos, Cemetery V, Tomb V21, Egypt Exploration Fund excavations, 1904
H. 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.); Diam. 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.18.46a, b
Not on view
The piece is part of a group of objects found in tomb V21 at Abydos with two bodies (04.18.1–04.18.49). The ointment jars 04.18.47a, b and .48a, b in the group can be dated by comparison with similar jars found at Dahshur and with the box 26.7.1438 (26.7.1439a, b-.1441a, b, .1442) inscribed with the name of Amenemhat IV (ca. 1814-1805 B. C.).
Excavated at Abydos in 1904 by C. T. Currelly on behalf of the Egypt Exploration Fund. Acquired by the EEF in the division of finds. Donated by the EEF to the Metropolitan Museum in 1904.

Roehrig, Catharine H. 2015. "Three Cosmetic Vessels." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 246–47, no. 184.

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