Double wooden kohl tube, Egypt (?), 100B CE-400 CE
- 100 BCE - 400 CE in Egypt
Double wooden kohl tube, Egyptian (?), 100BC-400AD
Makeup was common in Ancient Egypt. It focused on the eye to replicate the appearance of the sun god, Re or Horus. The eye of Horus is common in Ancient Egyptian imagery. Wearers of this symbol believed it protected them. Some historians believe Egyptians thought outlining their eyes carried the protection of the gods with them. Kohl eyeliner was frequently used. It was made of powdered antimony, burnt almonds, black copper oxide and brown ochre. This double wooden kohl tube holds two wells and a small wooden stick. The wells presumably held the kohl ointment. The stick applied it to the eyes. The tube is decorated with the figure of a woman.
- Classical & Medieval Medicine
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- cosmetic applicator
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
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