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Kohl jar

Made in Egypt, 3100 BC.
The jar is made from an olive-green coloured stone. The small vessel is of squat baluster form with a flat base with splayed basal rim, a round shoulder with waisted neck and an everted disc top. There is a circular aperture drilled in the centre of the top which is narrow in diameter and is shallow. It would have been used for kohl, and there are still traces of kohl powder inside. A large chip and a few smaller ones have been broken from the rim.
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