Ancient Alabaster Cosmetic Jar. (probably Ancient Egypt or Middle Eastern under influence of Egypt)

Description
Ancient Alabaster Cosmetic Jar. (probably Ancient Egypt or Middle Eastern under influence of Egypt)
Circa 1550-1070 BC, New Kingdom Period

An extremely fine and well preserved alabaster mesdemet, or kohl pot, with flat, flaring rim, rounded shoulder, globular body and a round flat base. The beautiful red and cream colour make it an elegant testimony of ancient world’s craftsmanship.

The ancient Egyptians used a form of eyeliner called Kohl to enhance their eyes. This replicated the appearance of the sun god, Re. Kohl was made of powdered antimony, burnt almonds, black copper oxide and brown ochre. It was applied with a small stick called a kohl stick.

Measurements: circa 4.8cm height

Provenance: Early 20th Century Collection, acquired legally and ethically on the art market.

Lot details
Culture
Ancient
Material
Alabaster
Object
Cosmetic Jar. (probably Ancient Egypt or Middle Eastern under influence of Egypt)
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 1550-1070 BC, New Kingdom Period
Condition
Good Condition, See Photo
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