Egyptian Stone Bowl

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The size of this bowl is small, and it is void of any surface decoration. It has a smooth finish on the exterior and interior, and a small dip in the rim. These qualities suggest a long history of utilitarian use for the day-to-day activities in ancient Egypt. The stone schist is a hard durable rock that would have ensured the long functional use of such an object.


Conservation History

Initial Condition

The stone bowl upon arrival to the Art Conservation Department was in five pieces, with two small areas of loss along the base. On the exterior and interior surfaces an unidentified brown streaking had occurred. Prior to accession at Queen’s University, the bowl had undergone restoration work that included adhering the five pieces and filling in the areas of loss.

Conservation Treatment

After a thorough analysis of the surface stains, adhesive and filling, treatments were carried out to remove the restoration work. The adhesive proved difficult to remove, attesting to the permanence of the older restoration materials used. The brown streaks and a thin layer of coating on the surfaces of the pieces were removed with acetone and immersion in methylene chloride. The five pieces were then re-adhered with 10% Paraloid B72 with acetone. Lastly, the areas loss were filled with Hydrocal Dental Plaster, and in painted.


0. Identification:AA1652

1. Institution: Department of Classics; Art Conservation, Queen’s University  (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

2. Identification References:AA1652

3.1. Category: functional object, archaeological artifact

3.2. Designation: bowl

3.3. Name Egyptian: Stone Bowl

3.4. Details: Diniacopoulos Collection

4.2. Description of Iconography: N/A

4.3. Iconographic analysis: N/A

5.1. Material: schist; stone; med-dark gray

5.2. Technique:  carved ?

6.1. Unit: cm

6.2. Height: h 9.00 cm

6.5. Diameter: di 6.0 cm (base); 15.5 cm (mouth)

6.7. Form: circular base; open convex body; irregular rim ?

7.1. Manner of discovery:  Acquired by Vincent and Olga Diniacopoulos

7.2. Place of discovery: Mediterranean Basin

8.3. Region, style, workshop:  Egyptian

9.1. Inscription or Mark “Type”:  scratches

9.2. Position: interior; exterior

9.3. Description of transcription: brown streaks interior and exterior of surface

10.2. Epoch: Egyptian Early Dynastic period (3050-2686)

11.1. Acquisition method:  Donation

11.2. Date of acquisition:  2001

11.3. Previous owner: Diniacopoulos, Olga