“Bag-shaped” type recipient

A stone recipient worked from a solid block. The form is unusual and was probably meant to be a replica of a sack of grain, either of woven cloth or straw. The lower edges form points, while the cylindrical neck is almost non-existent. There is a wide circular mouth and a flat lip. This type of vase, without a flat base to keep it upright, is called “bag-shaped”. It is the characteristic form found in the Hurghada region on the Red Sea.

Recipients of this type were left in tombs as they were elements for the storing of food and cosmetics that the deceased would need for nurture in the Other World. They might be placed on a cylindrical support to be used as a table for offerings as can be seen in the funerary reliefs of this period. Stone vessels were considered to be luxury items of the highest degree. They have only been found in royal tombs and those of members of the highest ranks of society.


- ASTON, B.G. Ancient Egyptian Stone Vessels, Materials and Form. Heidelberg. 1994.
- GUIDOTTI, M. C. Vasi dall’epoca Protodinastica al Nuovo Regno. Roma. 1991.
- HENDRICKX, S. Une Importante Collection de Vases Égyptiens en Pierre. En Bulletins des Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, nº61. Bruselas. 1990. p. 41.

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