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kohl container with applicator
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • kohl container with applicator, 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Umm Durmān, Al Kharţoum, Sudan
  • metal
  • Object Height/Diameter: a) 6 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: a) 2 3/8 x 1 3/16 in
    Object Height/Width: b) 7.5 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Width: b) 2 15/16 x 1 3/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0219.a,b

This is a small silver metal footed container with a stopper.

The container (2007.0219.a) has a scalloped flange mid-way through the widest point. The roughly symmetrical form with a narrow neck and leg, flares to a wide rim and foot. There are four grooves around the body under the flange.

The stopper (2007.0219.b) resembles a tree shape with the stopper/applicator being the trunk and the decorative cut-out above the vessel's rim are the leaves.

Women used this to store and apply kohl.