Egyptian Alabaster Kohl Vessel
An ancient Egyptian alabaster vessel used to contain the cosmetic eye liner, kohl.
New Kingdom, ca. 1550-1069 BC.
Black galena (lead sulfide) based kohl (Egyptian: mesmedet) was not only used for beauty but also for religious, symbolic, and practical reasons as it worked as a natural disinfectant and protected the eyes from the bright sunlight.
Formerly in a Canadian private collection.