Carved from wood, this elegant kohl tube was designed to store eye-paint. The slender cylindrical container takes its shape from the palm column, an Egyptian architectural element usually rendered in stone. In this example, eight palm fronds rise from an undecorated cylindrical shaft, flaring out slightly at the top of the vessel. At the base of the fronds, a series of four horizontal incised lines represent the ropes used to lash the fronds together. The lines are filled with the yellow pigment orpiment, accenting the rich brown wood. A small hole drilled into the top of the vessel indicates where a swivel lid (now missing) was attached, protecting the kohl that it once contained. Kohl (eye-paint, called mesdemet by the Egyptians) was worn by both men and women from the earliest periods of Egyptian history.