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Stone bowl: E.22.1898

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Current Location: Gallery 20


Stone bowl




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.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 11.9 cm
Height: 4.6 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1898) by Egyptian Research Account


Early Dynastic
1st Dynasty
About -3000 - About -2500

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Chiselled : Carved

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.22.1898
Primary reference Number: 49563
Oldadmincategory: S
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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