Cosmetic Flask (Mukhula) of Opaque Turquoise Glass

Object Name: Bottle

Date: 8th–9th century

Geography: Attributed to probably Egypt

Medium: Glass, opaque turquoise; blown, cold-painted

Dimensions: H. 4 in (10.2 cm)
Max. Diam. 1 1/8 in (2.9 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910

Accession Number: 10.130.2649


This mukhula, or container for the eye makeup known as kohl, represents a rare example of opaque turquoise glass with stained decoration, little of which has survived. Mukhulas varied little in shape and size.