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Wide-Necked Cosmetic Jar

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
ca. 1550–1450 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, Pit 3, Burial B 4, Between head of coffin and wall, MMA excavations, 1915–16
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
H. 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
This wide-necked jar was excavated by the Museum's Egyptian Expedition in 1916. When found, it contained a glass hairpin and a wooden kohl stick, a cosmetic implement used to apply eye makeup. Although the original contents were not preserved, stone jars such as this one were often used to store cosmetic oils and unguents. The jar had been placed near the head of a coffin along with a number of other objects that came to the Museum including: two other alabaster vessels (16.10.423–.424); one small ointment jar of serpentine (16.10.422); two pottery vessels (16.10.427–.428), a small ivory cosmetic box (16.10.425), and three ivory combs (16.10.428–.430).
Museum excavations, 1915–16. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1916.

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