Kohl Jar

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116

Hatnefer (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. Hatnefer undoubtedly used the little eye-paint container and applicator during her lifetime.

Kohl Jar, Serpentinite, galena

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Kohl jar and stick (36.3.62, 36.3.63)