Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Kohl Tube Holder in the Form of a Papyrus Column

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Amenhotep III
Date:
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
H. 10 cm (3 15/16 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.914
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119
This openwork kohl container would have held a tube for eye paint (kohl). The decoration around the bottom consists of papyrus plants. Around the center, the emblem of the goddess Hathor is flanked by two cats, and an image of the goddess Taweret appears on the opposite side.
Formerly Carnarvon Collection, purchased in Cairo before 1923. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

Tait, G. A. D. 1963. "The Egyptian Relief Chalice." In Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 49, p. 137.

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