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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 a hawk/falcon over a moon disk, which may refer to a royal festival because of the connection between Horus the hawk and the ruling king. To the left the bowl is inscribed with an inverted 'ka' sign (a Ka sign is in the form of two raised hands) and a scorpion. A ka sign is typically associated with the Ka spirit, which best compared to the concept of the soul of a person. This type of inscribed bowl was possibly associated with a festival. The centre is simply chiselled out. This type of stone 'calcite' is sometimes called alabaster.

Field Collection

Hierakonpolis Egypt

Technique Description

carved

Dimensions

diameter 11 cm
height 7.6 cm

Period

Predynastic
Early Dynastic Period

Date

about 3000 B.C. — 2500 B.C.

Provenance

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

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. inscription
    Description: falcon over moon disk, embracing arms, mouth

Documentation

  1. Quibell, J.E.
    Hierakonpolis I
    [comments: pl.34]
  2. Quibell, J.
    Green, F.W.
    (1902) Hierakonpolis II (1902)
    [comments: p.32 pl.30.7]
  3. Kaplony, P.
    Monumenta Aegyptiaca
    [comments: p.14 Qa1]
  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]

Material/s

calcite

Accession Number

E.24.1898 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 49565; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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