Thanking you and acknowledging your interesting posts!
> This device is depicted in other reliefs which are
> more clear all associated with vessel making:
> g. 73. The making of stone vessels as depicted in
> an Old Kingdom relief from an unknown tomb at
> Saqqara. Egyptian Museum, Cairo JE 39866. Drawing
> by Peter Der Manuelian after Maspero 1915b, pp.
> 25-27, pl. 22[/url]
There is nothing in that relief that indicates it is related to vessel making.
However I concede that some form of it might, and likely was, used for vessel making.
Also an "unknown tomb" does not date it to "Old Kingdom".
> Which to note the obvious, its not like all the
> stone vessels are found in the OK and before-they
> never stopped making them which are a dime a dozen
> in later times. What is interesting, however, is
> that the quality [b]was certainly never better than
> it was at the beginnings of Dynastic times which,
> along with its relatively sudden appearance in the
> archeological record, is really the issue[/b].
> So the mystery is not "if" the AE made stone
> vessels, which is incredibly stupid to say
> otherwise, it is why does this quality appear
> suddenly in Archaic Dynastic times (Dynasty 00/0),
> hand in hand with monumental noble tombs and boat
> burials among other curiosities, so fully
> developed and of a quality that is unsurpassed in
> later times (no, this is not an invitation to make
> a vapid comment about an antediluvian lost
> civilization). Most telling, to me anyways, is
> that this also all begins with the appearance of
> And it is here that Dynastic Egypt begins.
I clearly recognise that you ARE NOT calling me or anyone else stupid!
I agree, however it would be stupid, to deny that the people known as dynastic Ancient Eygptians made any stone vessels. (ie Suggest they made NONE at all)
It is clear that it is commonly accepted that "it is here that Dynastic Egypt begins". However the issue is there is NO substantial evidence [i]to explain[/i] what came before this period which can [i]help explain[/i] how such people suddenly developed the advanced technology and 'know how' to carve hard stone into beautiful shapes! If in fact the dynastic folk did it?
Therefore there is considerable knowledge MISSING but a a number of, difficult to totally destroy, artefacts are extant!
(Your next post to me (the modern replica factory) is more interesting . Thanks , reply will follow)