Kohl tubes representing hollow reeds, either singly or in bundles of as many as seven, first became popular during the New Kingdom. These multi-tube examples accommodated the storage of different types of eye-paint, either in different colors (black or green) or for different occasions. For instance, the individual sections of triple kohl tubes similar to this one are often labeled with the name of one of the three Egyptian seasons, indicating when they were to be used. This container is molded from faience with a vibrant blue glaze. Decorative bands, added in black glaze (manganese), run around the vessel. The cosmetics within the vessel would have been removed from the container using a thin applicator (see ECM 2011). Study of this object using x-rays revealed scrapes in the lead-based kohl that still adheres to the interior of the vessel, providing evidence of such use. In addition to its purely cosmetic use, kohl also aided in reducing glare from the sun and could even be used to treat a variety of eye ailments.