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