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Stone bowl


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Title/s

Stone bowl

Category

vessel

Name

bowl
stone vessel

Description

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

carved

Dimensions

diameter 12.5 cm
height 8 cm

Period

Predynastic
Early Dynastic

Provenance

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

Inscriptions/Marks

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

Documentation

  1. Quibell, J.E.
    Hierakonpolis I
    [comments: pl.34]
  2. Kaplony, P.
    Monumenta Aegyptiaca
    [comments: p.15 Qu3]
  3. 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]

Material/s

calcite

Accession Number

E.23.1898 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 49564; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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