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Item Details
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Culture
Egypt, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12
Title
Cosmetic Vessel
Work Type
Vessels
Date
c. 1980-1901 BC
Material
anhydrite
Measurements
Diameter: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.); Overall: 6.8 cm (2 11/16 in.)
Description
Both ancient Egyptian men and women loved cosmetics. Unguents, oils, and perfumes made from aromatic plant resins and gums were obtained at great cost from distant lands. The objects identified with cosmetics were given lavish treatment. The luxurious obsidian and gold beaker hints at the precious contents it once held. Others are fanciful in form, such as an ostrich egg. The god Bes, patron god of cosmetics, himself is the subject of a colorful jar. The delicately carved human face and the head of a giraffe decorated elaborate ivory cosmetic spoons.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: Egypt - Middle Kingdom
Department: Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art
Gallery: 107 Egyptian
Provenance: Formerly in the collection of John G. Ross (purchased 1952 in Cairo; on loan to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the 1960s); sold: New York, Sotheby Parke Bernet. Purchased from James Freeman, Kyoto
Edwin R. and Harriet Pelton Perkins Memorial Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
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File Properties
File Name
1982.3_full.tif
SSID
24616440

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