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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