Stone bowl

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Stone case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Bowl
Aston Type 108
Old Kingdom
Fifth Dynasty
Stone/minerals (Breccia)
Height: 150mm
Number of Elements

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A stone bowl with bored lug handles, made of red and white breccia (Aston Type 108). It dates from the First to Fifth Dynasties, though most of this type are usually produced between the First and Third Dynasties. It was part of the Rustafjaell collection purchased by Wellcome in 1906. Breccia bowls such as these would have been put in the graves of wealthy people.

Other Identity
W1543 | 577 (a paper rectangular label, perhaps a lot number) | 31 (marked on the side in pencil. This corresponds to number 31 on plate 5 of the Rustafjaell catalogue)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 19–21 Dec 1906, Lot 185
Previous Owners
Robert de Rustafjaell (1859–1943) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 11 Feb 2021

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