Cosmetic Vessel with Inscribed Lid card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Cosmetic Vessel with Inscribed Lid


On display


Cylindrical jar with accompanying lid labelled "eye protection" incised in hieroglyphs. Cylindrical jars with flaring rims like this one is a form generally used to hold ointment or unguents. Disc-shaped lid with a flat boss on the underside, allowing it to fit into the mouth of the cosmetic vessel. Purchased from the Robert de Rustafjaell collection by Randolph Berens at Sotheby's 20-24 January 1913 Lot 185/2: "a small ungentary and cover, in very fine alabaster, 3 in. high, the sides tapering towards the expanding base; on the cover an inscription (name of contents). And a similar vase, without cover, retaining the remains of its original contents and with the cartouche of Maat-Ka-Ra engraved on its side."