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Stone bowl: E.24.1898

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Current Location: Gallery 20


Stone bowl




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.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 11 cm
Height: 7.6 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Early Dynastic Period
About -3000 - About -2500

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Chiselled : Carved

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.24.1898
Primary reference Number: 49565
Oldadmincategory: S
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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