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An Egyptian Black Serpentine Cosmetic Jar, Middle Kingdom, ca 2040-1786 BC
Reference No: EV1305
An Egyptian Black Serpentine Cosmetic Jar, Middle Kingdom, ca 2040-1786 BC
Price : $ 1,950
EUR 1,819.94 GBP 1,538.55 AUD 2,949.57
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Used for storing kohl or eye paint, this small squat jar has convex sides that swell upward from a small footed base into a high shoulder and small rounded rim.  As is common with this type of vessel, drilling of the interior is narrow and does not conform to the shape of the body. 

Cf. Petrie, "Stone and Metal Vases," pl. XI, for related examples. See also, Aston, "Ancient Egyptian Stone Vessels," no.34, p.104.

Condition: Some slight surface pitting to one area that does not detract, intact and in excellent condition overall.

Dimensions: Height: 4.5cm (1 3/4 in)  Diameter:  5.5 cm (2 1/4 inches)

Provenance:   Private Northern NJ collection, acquired in the late 1970's.