Kohl vessel from the New Kingdom

Object number
Object: Egyptian New Kingdom kohl vessel

Material: Egyptian alabaster, calcite type.

Period: Around 1400 BC,
18th dynasty,
New Kingdom.

Description:    Goblet shaped kohl vessel with spherical body and set-off foot. The conical neck is opening towards a bulging rim. This type of vessel was used for Kohl, the eye cosmetic of the ancient Egyptians. Its shape is well known from the New Kingdom and can be pinpointed to the 18th dynasty.

Background: The ancient Egyptian stone vessels are made to last. They are the perfect equipment for the afterlife. It is therefore no coincidence that the technology for working very hard and durable rock was developed in predynastic Egypt. The art was perfected over time and stone vessels were not only manufactured for the domestic market, but soon established themselves as sought-after export goods for the entire Eastern Mediterranean.
Due to their timeless elegance, the stone vessels are extremely popular to this day and never miss in any important collection of Egyptian antiquities.

Dimensions: 81mm height. 72mm diameter.

Condition: Some pieces added at the lip and neck. Stable cracks and some chips across the body. But nice overall impression and intact to a large extent.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2020 on the British art market. Previously in a Swiss family collection, Zuerich. Acquired into the collection between 1975 and 1980 in Egypt, when the family lived in Cairo. Exported in 1980 when the family moved from Egypt to Switzerland.

References: Cf. C. E. Loeben, Aegyptiaca Kestneriana, volume 1 (2020), p. 76, III.6.
Cf. C. Lilyquist, Egyptian Stone Vessels (1995), p. 115, fig. 139, R.

Literature: A commendable collection of articles about ancient Egyptian stone vessels can be found in C. E. Loeben, Aegyptiaca Kestneriana, volume 1 (2020).

Authenticity: We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every artefact, all items are subject to our lifetime return policy on authenticity.