Black steatite statuette of a girl holding a kohl pot


British Museum

British Museum

This small figurine shows a young girl squatting and holding a pot. The container was intended for holding a cosmetic, most probably black kohl, used as eye paint. The pot probably once had a lid and seems to have been used, since it shows signs of wear. The girl has her hair arranged in a plait down the back of her head, from which hangs a fish pendant. Around her waist she wears a cowrie-shell girdle that may have been worn as a protective amulet, especially during pregnancy. Other examples of this type of vessel are known, including some from the capital city of Lisht in the Twelfth Dynasty (1985-1795 BC).

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  • Title: Black steatite statuette of a girl holding a kohl pot
  • Date Created: -1985/-1795
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 7.80cm; Depth: 6.00cm; Width: 3.30cm; Weight: 0.17kg
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: incised
  • Registration number: .2572
  • Place: Found/Acquired Thebes
  • Period/culture: 12th Dynasty
  • Material: steatite
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Salt, Henry. Purchased through Sotheby's


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