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Egyptian gneiss bowl

Old Kingdom. 3rd Dynasty, 2647-2573 BC

UK collection, acquired 1998; Property of a Private Foundation

See W. M. Flinders Petrie, The Funeral Furniture of Egypt, Stone and Metal Vases, Warminster, 1977, plate  XXII for similar examples.

Worked from a translucent white anorthosite gneiss speckled with dark black-grey and swathes of silver-grey diorite. Of deep rounded form with flat base and inward curving rim, bevelled on the inside.

Condition: Intact. Small area of surface abrasion to exterior below rim.

Height: 4.5 cm; Diameter: 8.7 cm

Egyptian gneiss bowl