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Kohl Jar

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
reign of Thutmose II–Early Joint reign
ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), Inside 36..59a, b (Basket "O"), MMA excavations, 1935–36
Serpentinite, galena
H. 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.); Greatest diam. 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.); D. 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
Hatnofer (36.3.1), the mother of Senenmut (36.3.252), received a rich burial in a small rock-cut tomb near that of her son. Her grave goods were deposited alongside her fine wooden coffin and included many objects from daily life. Inside one of the decorated baskets (36.3.59) were a smaller basket (36.3.60), an alabaster jar (36.3.61) , and this graceful kohl jar (36.3.63) with its wooden applicator (36.3.62). The jar had a crusty residue inside that was identified as galena, one of the minerals used as an eye cosmetic by the Egyptians. Hatnofer undoubtedly used the little eye-paint container and applicator during her lifetime.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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