Glass kohl tube in the form of a palm column

British Museum

British Museum

'Kohl' tube in the form of a a palm-column. The hollow shaft is of translucent dark-blue glass, with its baseoutlined with a yellow thread. The lower body is decorated with two lines of chevrons in white and turquoise-blue. A turquoise-blue thread encircles the upper shaft six times. White threads outline the individual elements of the palm-leaf capital while the rim of the opening has a single turquoise-blue thread. The core is red-brown and retains faint traces of a fabric pattern. A slight chip on the capital is the sole damage. A wooden 'kohl'-applicator accompanies the object.

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  • Title: Glass kohl tube in the form of a palm column
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 10.00cm (tube); Length: 11.20cm (applicator)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: core-formed
  • Registration number: .2589
  • Place: Found/Acquired Egypt
  • Period/culture: 18th Dynasty; 19th Dynasty
  • Material: wood; glass
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Salt, Henry. Purchased through Sotheby's


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