Egyptian Alabaster rare inscribed double kohl tube, New Kingdom, Circa 1539-1077 BC

Material:  Alabaster
Conservation:  Repaired
Material:  Alabaster
Dimensions:  10 x 5,5 x 2,5 cm
Provenance:  Archaeological Gallery, Spain, 2014 / This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2020/00691 with date 14/02/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
On request
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The kohl container we are looking at, with a double container for the make-up, probably supports the Egyptian duality, and was used for ritual purposes. On the front we see a woman with a short wig and a necklace holding a lotus flower, one of the most widely used narcotic drugs in ancient Egypt, in addition to its known aphrodisiac functions in the ancient world.

Kohl is a cosmetic made from a mineral called galena, greyish in appearance, which when ground and mixed with other minerals results in a kind of ash. This cosmetic was used for two reasons, ritual and ornamental, women would wear make-up, make-up and wigs during rituals, and even on a daily basis.

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