- Museum number
'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.
Length: 11.20 centimetres (applicator)
Length: 10 centimetres (tube)
- Curator's comments
Sale Catalogue, Henry Salt Collection, Sotheby, London, 28 June – 8 July 1835, lot 892;
B. Nolte, ‘Die Glasgefässe in Alten Ägypten (Berlin 1968), 149 (with earlier bibliography), pl. XXXIV, 48;
A. P. Kozloff, ‘Egypt’s dazzling sun: Amenhotep III and his World’ (Cleveland 1992), pp.369, 388-389  = 'Le Pharaon-Soleil', (Paris 1993), pp. 335-336 ;
S. Quirke and J. Spencer, 'British Museum Book of Ancient Egypt', (London, 1992), fig.142;
E. Strouhal, 'Life in Ancient Egypt', (Cairo, 1992), p.143, fig.157;
I. Shaw and P. Nicholson, 'British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (London, 1995), p. 112;
A. Shimbun (ed.), 'Art and afterlife in Ancient Egypt : from the British Museum' (Japan 1999-2000), ;
E. A. Wallis Budge, 'The Mummy' (Cambridge 1925), p. 260;
J.H. Taylor and N.C. Strudwick, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Treasures from The British Museum, Santa Ana and London 2005, p. 169, pl. on p. 169.
For similar glass vessels, see Egypt’s Golden Age (exhibition catalogue, Boston, 1982): 166 [182-3].
For glass manufacture in ancient Egypt, see Nicholson and Henderson, 'Glass' in T. Nicholson and I. Shaw, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology (Cambridge 2000): 195-224.
- On display (G61/dc4/sC)
- Exhibition history
2001 26 Jun-23 Sep, Birmingham Gas Hall, Egypt Revealed
2005-2008, California, The Bowers Museum, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Lot 892 at sale.
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.2589 (Birch Slip Number)