Egyptian Granite Lidded Kohl Vessel
An ancient Egyptian granite kohl vessel with a disk shaped rim and lid.
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.
Published: W. H. Peck and P. Slough, The Marko Collection: Antiquities, (Detroit, 1990), no. 8.
Formerly in the H. and B. Marko collection, Michigan.