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Stone bowl

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Stone bowl




stone vessel


Calcite bowl, inscribed with an inverted 'ka' sign (a Ka sign is in the form of two raised hands) and a scorpion. Scorpions appear elsewhere as objects from the Main Temple Deposit. A ka sign is typically associated with the Ka spirit, which best compared to the concept of the soul of a person. There is a fragment missing. This type of inscribed bowl was possibly associated with a festival. The centre is simply chiselled out and the walls are relatively thin. This type of stone 'calcite' is sometimes called alabaster.

Field Collection

Hierakonpolis Egypt

Technique Description



diameter 11.9 cm
height 4.6 cm


Early Dynastic
First Dynasty


about 3000 B.C. — 2500 B.C.


given: Egyptian Research Account 1898 (Filtered for: Antiquities)


  1. inscription
    Description: scorpion sign, embracing arms and mouth


  1. Quibell, J.E.
    Hierakonpolis I
    [comments: pl.34]
  2. Quibell, J.
    Green, F.W.
    (1902) Hierakonpolis II (1902)
    [comments: pl.30a and 48a]
  3. Kaplony, P.
    Monumenta Aegyptiaca
    [comments: p.15 Qu14]
  4. Porter, Bertha
    Moss, Rosalind L.B.
    Topographical bibliography of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts, reliefs and paintings. Vol.5, Upper Egypt : sites (Deir Rîfa to Aswân, excluding Thebes and the temples of Abydos, Dendera, Esna, Edfu, Kôm Ombo and Philae)
    [comments: 195]



Accession Number

E.22.1898 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 49563; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-12)

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