Cosmetic container - 2012.62.2_1_3K


Cosmetic container

Maker: Unidentified Tuareg artist
Medium:Leather, pigment
Geography: Agadez, Niger
Date: 20th century
37.5 x 10 cm
Object number: 2012.62.2
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund
Not on view
DescriptionSmall leather cosmetics container with strap and fringe. The body of the container is spherical with a small tubular neck made from hardened leather. The container is covered in strips of softer woven red leather which extend beyond it to create a fringe. A cap made from brown and green woven leather fits over the neck of the container and is secured to it by red leather straps at its sides.  Containers such as these would be used to keep kohl used as cosmetic and eye protection for both women and babies. The container itself could be worn as a decoration attached to a woman's veil or clothing.
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