Kohl container - ROM2018_16224_62


Kohl container

Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
6.6 × 3.9 × 2.3 cm
Object number: 909.80.529
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

 From earliest times, the Ancient Egyptians used green or black eye paint to enhance the beauty of their eyes, and to protect them from the glare of the sun.  Both black eye paint made from galena, an ore of lead, and green eye paint made from malachite, an ore of copper, might also have helped to keep insects away from the eyes.

Kohl, the black eye paint, was usually kept in a small cosmetic pot or in a cylindrical container.  Kohl containers often have more than one section, perhaps for varying grades of kohl or different colours.  Both of the tubes in this artifact retain the remains of a grey substance.

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