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Lot of 2 Bactrian Bronze Kohl Pots - Zoomorphic

Central Asia, Bactria-Margiana (BMAC) (Oxus Civilization), Bronze Age, ca. 2nd millennium BCE. A pair of delightful cast bronze pots for holding cosmetics, one capped by a lid, the other by an inserted stick used for applying kohl, all with zoomorphic motifs. The smaller of the two pots has a round, globular body with a raised, ridged equator. Three bent legs with round, flat feet support it. A lid with a flat disc base, capped by a small figure of what looks like a zebu bull, sits on the top. The second pot is larger, standing on three legs that are shaped like the front bodies of ibexes, complete with tall heads with long, downcurved horns. Placed inside of the narrow mouth is a horse-head-topped kohl stick, used to apply cosmetics, similar to some at the British Museum (1880.3712.s). Based on ancient evidence, we believe that the Bactrian concept of feminine beauty involved cosmetically enhanced dark eyes, which these items would have been used to create. Size of largest: 2.85" W x 5.2" H (7.2 cm x 13.2 cm)

Condition: The lid on one is sealed shut by encrusted deposits. The legs are slightly bent. The kohl stick is in excellent condition. Two of the legs on the taller pot have been repaired. All have rich green patinas.

Provenance: ex-collection of Joel Malter, Los Angeles, California, USA

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