Straight-sided cup - ROM2018_16271_9


Straight-sided cup

Medium:Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Geography: Possibly excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 3100-2494 BC
Period: 1st-4th Dynasty, Early Dynastic Period to Old Kingdom
8.6 x 7.9 cm
Object number: 909.80.128
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionDuring the Early Dynastic Period Egyptians became very skilled at producing beautiful stone vessels for the funerary market.The stone craftsman has skillfully exploited the natural bands of colour in this travertine cup with darker reddish bands marking the rim.  Wealthy tomb owners required many stone vessels along with pottery and metal containers for their use in the afterlife. These precious stone cups were often placed directly in the burial chamber. There are drilling ledges in the interior and the base is indented from the drilling. The rounded interior suggests a slightly later date (up to Dynasty 4), rather than a flat interior (mostly in Dynastries 1-2).The flat base is 4 cm in diameter. The direct rim has a diameter of 8 cm. with an aperture of 7.8 cm. 
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