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

Conservation:  Repaired
Material:  Alabaster
Dimensions:  10 x 5,5 x 2,5 cm
Provenance:  Archaeological Gallery, Spain, 2014
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)


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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.

Similar items

We can find a very similar example in the Metropolitan Museum in New York and which was published in the book The Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt, Allen, James P. 2005. “Kohl Tubes.” , edited by James P. Allen and David T. Mininberg. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 19, no. 4.

Fig. 1 Egyptian Double Kohl Tube, New Kingdom, Dynasties XVIII-XIX, 1400-1200 B.C.E.The Met Museum, (USA), Accession No.: 00.4.37

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