The vessel is ovoid in form, with a slightly flaring disc foot and broad shoulders. The circular lip is wide and flat.
Swiss private collection, Zurich, acquired in 1975 when the owners lived in Cairo (1975-1980).
Such vessels were designed for cosmetics such a kohl. A kohl pot’s specialised function required a certain shape: broad, low proportions that fit in the palm of the hand; an opening wide enough to allow the insertion of an applicator; and a tight lid to protect the contents from dust, wind, and moisture. There is a very similar example dated to the 18th Dynasty in the Brooklyn Museum, acc. no. 14.639.