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textile / bowl

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  • Description

    A deep bowl: with flaring sides and a flat base. The top of the rim has been hammered to a flat surface with a sharp outer edge. Remains of linen adhere to the corroded exterior and interior of the vessel. There is a vertical split in the metal running the full height of one side.

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 11.6 centimetres
    • Diameter: 12.5 centimetres (base)
    • Diameter: 24.4 centimetres (rim)
  • Curator's comments

    W. M. F. Petrie, 'Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties' II, 12, 27, pl.IX, 13.

    The form is well known from the Early Dynastic period and Old Kingdom, see W. M. F. Petrie, 'Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties' II, pl.IX, 15; W. M. F. Petrie, ‘Sedment’ I (London, 1924), pls.1, 3, 6; W. M. F. Petrie, ‘Sedment’ II (London, 1924), 2; W. M. F. Petrie, ‘Sedment’ III (London, 1924), 25; W. M. F. Petrie, 'Funeral Furniture with Stone and Metal Vases' (London, 1937), pl.XXXIX, 10-11; G. Brunton, 'British Museum expedition to Middle Egypt, 1929-1931 Matmar' (London, 1948), pl.XXIII, 21; J. E. Quibell, 'Excavations at Saqqara, 1912-1914: Archaic Mastabas’ (Cairo, 1923), pl.XXXIII, 4 (three examples); J. Garstang, Tombs of the third Egyptian dynasty at Reqâqnah and Bêt Khallâf (Westminster, 1904), pl.6, lower left; F. W. von Bissing, 'Metallgefässe', nos. 3429, 3437; G. A. Reisner, 'The early dynastic cemeteries of Naga-ed-Dêr' III, (California, 1908), 154, fig. 55; 214, fig. 126a and pl.35c; Z. Y. Saad, 'The excavations at Helwan art and civilization in the first and second Egyptian dynasties' (Norman, 1969), pl.39; E. Amélineau, ‘Les Nouvelles Fouilles d’Abydos’ III (1897-8), pl.xLVIII, 4, 9; A. Scharff, ‘Die Altertümer der Vor – und Frühzeit Ägyptens’ I (Berlin, 1929-31), no. 747 and pl.35; A. J. Spencer in N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 44-5.


  • Bibliography

    • Spencer 1980 597 bibliographic details
    • Strudwick 2006 pp.44-45 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G64/dc11

  • Condition

    fair (corroded)

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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Deep copper bowl with flaring sides and a flat base; traces of linen adhere to exterior and interior.

Deep copper bowl with flaring sides and a flat base; traces of linen adhere to exterior and interior.

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