Cosmetic Container

M13519

On display

Container for cosmetics in the form of a servant carrying a jar. The elderly male servant, dressed in a long pleated kilt, bent double under the weight of a large jar carried on his shoulders and held up by his right arm. The wide-mouthed jar has two long vertical handles and is decorated in carved bands of checkerboards, circles and lotus leaves. The hollow jar was intended to contain cosmetic unguents and had a lid, now missing. The left hand of the man is drilled, presumably for the insertion of a small spatula or stick with which the cosmetic was applied. Small traces of paint survive on the jar. The style very similar to a similar cosmetic container in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo (JE 31382) from the 18th Dynasty tomb of Hatiay, Thebes (Daressy's excavations of 1896).