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Exotic Surma holder vintage BRASS KOHL eyeliner perfume BOTTLE eye makeup eyeshadow - Made in Pakistan snuff surmadani pot

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Vintage brass bottle also known as a surmadani, a traditional holder for kohl powder. This little pot features an ornate screw cap that reads "Made in Pakistan".

Surma (or kajal) is made by grinding galena and it is used as a protection against the sun and is also a makeup style popular in the middle east, India and south east Asia. Some cultures believe that kohl would protect a child from the curses of the evil eye. This bottle is supposed to contain a lead colored substance but it is empty. Would make a very nice perfume or snuff bottle as well.

Including the screw cap, it measures 4'' tall (10 cm).

Metal is thin and the container is lightweight. Surmadani shows small chips and surface scratches. There is general tarnish. The cap feels a little gritty around the "made in Pakistan". Bottle needs a nice cleaning to look shiny. It has no holes or tears.

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Exotic Surma holder vintage BRASS KOHL eyeliner perfume BOTTLE eye makeup eyeshadow - Made in Pakistan snuff surmadani pot


  • Vintage item
  • Materials: brass, metal
  • Ships worldwide from Turkey
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