Stone bowl

Accession Number
Current Location
Cardiff University, C/O Phil Parkes
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Bowl
Early Dynastic Period to Old Kingdom
Stone/minerals (Anorthosite)
Height: 55mm | Diameter (outer rim): 150mm | Diameter (base): 45mm
Number of Elements
3 (1 bowl and 2 fragments)

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An anorthosite (gneiss) bowl with an incurving rim and a flat base. It is possibly from Coptos. It has been broken in the recent past and mended (1971–1997), although two pieces seem not to have been included in the reconstruction. Anorthosite vessels are quite rare and date from the late Predynastic up to the Sixth Dynasty. This example was purchased by Wellcome in 1923 from the collection of Ellinor Frances Berens.


Andrews, Carol A .R. and Jacobus van Dijk (eds) 2006. Objects for eternity: Egyptian antiquities from the W. Arnold Meijer collection. Translated by Julia Harvey. Mainz: Philipp von Zabern. [p. 28 for similar vessels] Aston, Barbara G. 1994. Ancient Egyptian stone vessels: materials and forms. Studien zur Archäologie und Geschichte Altägyptens 5. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Orientverlag. [p. 112 type 51]

Wellcome Number
Other Identity
W1516 (previous number) | 116 (written on a small white circular label)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 31 Jul 1923, Lot 10
Previous Owners
Ellinor Frances Berens (1842–1924) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 04 Nov 2021

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