Late Roman or Coptic alabaster mirror and kohl containerE21
A carved alabaster kohl tube and mirror combination utensil with a broad leaf shaped handle and stylised duck’s head suspension loops at the top. The object is pierced vertically from the top to form a tube for storing kohl which extends to the bottom of the handle. The round chiselled section at the front would originally have held a disc of polished reflective glass held in place with plaster. This is the ancient precursor of the modern ladies’ mirror and make-up compact.
Egypt, late Roman or Coptic, mid 1st Millennium AD
14.8 x 6.6 cms
Some chipping, otherwise intact apart from the loss of the mirror glass
Ex. private collection, Suffolk, UK; acquired in the 19th Century.