Anhydrite vessel

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Body adornment case
Object Type
Implements and utensils, Cosmetic and medical equipment and implements, Kohl, Kohl pot
Aston type 158
Middle Kingdom
Stone/minerals (Anhydrite)
Height: 28mm
Number of Elements

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An anhydrite ointment jar. The stone anhydrite was usually used from the Middle Kingdom to the Second Intermediate Period. The exact source of the stone is unknown but it probably came from mines near the Nile Valley. The shape is an Aston type 158 (Aston 1994), which dates to the Middle Kingdom. Containers like this would have been used to hold eye-make-up (likely kohl) which would have been worn by men as well as women. As this item is stone it would have been owned by a reasonably wealthy Egyptian. Poorer people would have used wood.


Aston, B. G., 1994. Ancient Egyptian Stone Vessels. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Orientverlag.