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Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom, 11th to 12th Dynasty, ca. 2050 to 1786 BCE. One of the classic forms of antiquity, a squat, rounded vessel with a flat base and a wide circular mouth. It is carved from speckled granodiorite, dark-brown and black in color with intermittent inclusions in beige and metallic blue hues. The interior of the stone is carved out to form a conical receptacle for cosmetics such as black kohl paint worn around the eyes of both men and women. The accompanying original lid is comprised of two components, first being a lower perforated lid for dipping and holding an applicator stick, and second being an unperforated top with a small nubbin on the bottom to seal the vessel when not in use. Hand-carved and meticulously polished to a reflective sheen, this is a wonderful example of ancient craftsmanship! Size (without lids): 1.5" H (3.8 cm); size (with lids): 1.875" H (4.8 cm).

A similar jar, missing one lid component and in inferior condition, hammered for GBP 1000 ($1,420) at Christie's London Antiquities Auction (October 1, 2014 - Lot 160): https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/ancient-art-antiquities/an-egyptian-granodiorite-kohl-jar-middle-kingdom-5826746-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5826746&sid=0a5428af-f65d-4b00-ac7d-1e7736b305ae

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Condition

Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age and use, small nicks to rims of vessel and lid components, otherwise excellent. Nice earthen deposits throughout. Old inventory label on base.

Starting Bid

$800.00

Buyer's Premium

  • 24.5%

Egyptian Middle Kingdom Granodiorite Kohl Jar w/ Lid

Auction ended on Thu, May 10, 2018
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Estimate $1,500 - $2,000
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