Cosmetic Vessel



Large obsidian cosmetic vessel with small flat base, footed, shouldered, constricted neck and flat rim not as wide as the shoulders and which is chipped. The lid is in matching size of a greenish-black stone (serpentine?). On the record card is a note of a number written in ink on the base: "153?" but cannnot be seen now. Was acquired at the 1922 sale of Rev. William MacGregor's collection with two other kohl jars from the University of Liverpool excavations at Abydos (from tombs 516 A'08 and 416 A'07). Purchased at Sotheby's, London, 26 June - 6 July 1922 (MacGregor Collection) Lot 1077/6: "A Stibium Vase, in obsidian, 2 1/8 in. high; another, in black marble finely mottled with grey, 2 in. high, 12th Dynasty, found in Tomb 516 at Abydos in 1908; another, in greenish slate or basalt; 2 in. high, 12th Dynasty, found in Tomb 416 at Abydos in 1907; all with the original lids".