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Late Roman or Coptic alabaster mirror and kohl container

E21

£300.00

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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.

Culture
Egypt, late Roman or Coptic, mid 1st Millennium AD

Size
14.8 x 6.6 cms

Condition
Some chipping, otherwise intact apart from the loss of the mirror glass

Provenance
Ex. private collection, Suffolk, UK; acquired in the 19th Century.

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