Egyptian banded alabaster kohl vessel, Old Kingdom, 2,686-2125 BC
Rare Egyptian banded alabaster kohl vessel, of slightly concave cylinder form, the top with a small indentation still containing traces of kohl makeup for the eyes. Old Kingdom, 2,686-2125 BC.
From a collection of a missionary, mid-20th century, who spent time in Egypt, Libya, and Morocco. This was a tomb piece rather than a practical piece, thus the vessel has not had the effort put into hollowing it right out, and it would have taken little of the precious kohl cosmetic, used by the Egyptians to outline the eyes. It was made from ground up lead oxide, a serious health risk!