Skip Navigation

Large Bowl with Beveled Internal Rim

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
These finely crafted objects demonstrate the mastery of stoneworking in the Early Dynastic Period. An artisan fitted the two parts of the alabaster jar together. The other three pieces were created by grinding and drilling the extremely hard stone and then polishing it with abrasives.
MEDIUM Anorthosite gneiss or diorite
  • Possible Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2800–2675 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 4
    PERIOD early Dynastic Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 7/8 x Diam. 12 5/8 in. (15 x 32 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One diorite hemispherical bowl. Condition: Some superficial cracking seen inside and out. Some iron salt staining on the inside.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Large Bowl with Beveled Internal Rim, ca. 2800–2675 B.C.E. Anorthosite gneiss or diorite, 5 7/8 x Diam. 12 5/8 in. (15 x 32 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.78E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.78E_erg3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.78E_erg3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.