Porphyry bowl

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Stone Bowl
Geographical origin unknown
Black and white porphyry

Donated by Sir James Key Caird, 1913
Museum number 1976-773

In Pre-Dynastic times the afterlife was considered a copy of life on earth. During this period the dead were buried with everyday objects from simple bowls, which held food and drink, to high status objects like the porphyry bowl.

Porphyry bowl
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