Cosmetic Vessel

Red and white breccia kohl pot with the cartouche of Queen Ahmose-Nefertari, the wife of Ahmose, founder of the 18th Dynasty and regent for her young son Amenhotep I. Inscribed in hieroglyphs atypically orientated left, "Ahmes Nefertary, may she live!." [iaH-ms nfrt-iry anX ti]. The red breccia consists of angular white fragments of stone in a red matrix, and is a rare material for vases in the New Kingdom. The pot is chipped on the base and on the rim with many pieces missing and the largest piece being mended back with adhesive.