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Ancient Egyptian kohl pot and stick, 1800 -200 BCE

Ancient Egyptians used a form of eyeliner called kohl to enhance their eyes. This replicated the appearance of the sun god, Re. Kohl was made of powdered antimony, burnt almonds, black copper oxide and brown ochre. It was applied with a small stick called a kohl stick. The ingredients were mixed in granite kohl pots like these.

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A635007

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Glossary: cosmetics

Powders, lotion, lipstick, rouge or other preparations to be applied to the human body for the beautifying, preserving, or altering the appearance of a person.

Glossary: cosmetic applicator

Brush, stick or impliment for applying cosmetics to the body

Glossary: kohl container

Any vessel or container used to hold cosmetic powders, used in Africa and the East