Kohl Jar

Late Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12, late-13 up to 1700 B. C.
ca. 1850–1700 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb MMA 840, pit in portico, MMA excavations, 1912–13
H. 4 x Diam. 4.8 cm (1 9/16 x 1 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 113
A pit in the portico of the rock- cut tomb MMA 840 in the Asasif area of the Theban necropolis contained the remains of a coffin, a group of fine jewelry and two toilet vessels (13.180.1-13.180.3; 13.180.4a–i; 13.180.5a, b; 13.180.6-13.180.11; 13.180.19a–c; 13.180.20). The dates of these objects range from the late Middle Kingdom (ca. 1850-1700 B. C.) through the Second Intermediate Period (ca. 1700-1550 B. C.). Similarly shaped stone vessels to this one found, for instance, at Dahshur, Haraga and other sites date this piece into the late Middle Kingdom.
Museum excavations, 1912-13. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1913.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1914. "Excavations at Thebes in 1912-13, by the Museum's Egyptian Expedition." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 9, no. 1 (January), p. 16.

Fay, Biri 1998. "Egyptian Duck Flasks of Blue Anhydrite." In Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33, p. 26, fig. 9.