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makḥala / kohl-container

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    As2002,06.30

  • Description

    Kohl container (makhala) made of wood and leather. The wooden container with spout is encased in a leather sack with multiple fringes of leather decorated with cowrie shells. Also includes a leather strap with cowrie shells. The applicator stick is made of carved bone and fits inside the top of the case.

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  • Date

    • 1940s-1950s
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 6.7 centimetres (with handle)
    • Width: 33 centimetres
    • Depth: 8 centimetres
    • Weight: 243 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    For similar kohl containers decorated with cowrie shells from the Hijaz, see, John Topham, Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia (Stacey International, 1982, repr. 2005), pp.114-115.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2002

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    As2002,06.30

Kohl container (makhala) made of wood and leather. The wooden container with spout is encased in a leather sack with multiple fringes of leather decorated with cowrie shells. Also includes a leather strap with cowrie shells. The applicator stick is made o

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