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Origyptian Wrote:
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> It's an interesting piece.
>
> It appears too thin to be a load-bearing "wheel";
> only appears to be a couple mm thick.

I'd say it's at least an inch thick, but no this does not appear to be a working vertical load bearing wheel. Perhaps it is a model of one, the AE were quite fond of making models of things. Its shape reminds me of the model vehicles found in Anatolia arguably dated to 5500BC:


> The center
> hole doesn't appear to go all the way though. The
> lighting in that central depression is shaded to
> imply it's a closed, rounded bottom.

This does appear to be the case. It would be nice to see the other side of this object but I am striking out. This was part of a large burial site in Lahoun.

> Perhaps a serving dish with a center well for a
> sauce, caviar, toothpicks. Maybe a decorative lamp
> (center hole for a candle or oil pool).

I assume you are joking about the serving well, but given its unnecessarily large flange compared to the collar, assuming the hole does not go all the way through and the other side is flat, it seems probable this was base to hold a shaft mounted object.

> It looks similar to the infamous very thin "schist
> bowl",

The "flywheel":


> but flattened, without the folds or thicker
> perimeter, thicker collar, and a rounded
> depression in the center rather than the hole
> going all the way through.

So other than the collar in the middle and overall circular shape, actually not very "similar" but quite different.

> There are what appears
> to be fragments of thin bowls and pedestals in the
> vicinity.

The "vicinity" is the tomb. 14 of the tombs found dated to the 2nd Dynasty which I cannot find any more information on it other than the initial press release.

Regardless of what it was for it is a wheel shaped object nonetheless.

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Mastaba of Shepsekaf 1950 Thanos5150 25-Oct-17 04:25
Quite the Mastaba...looks like walls can talk ;) 377 Racho 25-Oct-17 06:11
Re: Quite the Mastaba...looks like walls can talk ;) 322 Thanos5150 26-Oct-17 02:26
Why adapted/adopted 287 Racho 31-Oct-17 07:44
Re: Why adapted/adopted 417 Jon Ellison 31-Oct-17 09:25
Re: Quite the Mastaba...looks like walls can talk ;) 336 Barbelo 26-Oct-17 03:57
Gables v Arch 279 Barbelo 26-Oct-17 03:47
Re: Gables v Arch 285 Thanos5150 26-Oct-17 04:47
Re: Gables v Arch 284 Barbelo 26-Oct-17 05:12
Re: Gables v Arch 257 Thanos5150 26-Oct-17 05:39
Re: Gables v Arch 330 Barbelo 26-Oct-17 06:49
An Interesting Curve 307 Jon Ellison 26-Oct-17 23:20
Re: Gables v Arch 249 Thanos5150 27-Oct-17 00:34
Re: Gables v Arch 254 Barbelo 27-Oct-17 01:19
Re: Gables v Arch 261 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 01:36
Re: Gables v Arch 248 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 01:49
Re: Gables v Arch 253 Barbelo 27-Oct-17 02:05
Re: Gables v Arch 250 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 02:17
Re: Gables v Arch 256 Barbelo 27-Oct-17 02:27
Re: Gables v Arch 248 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 03:40
Re: Gables v Arch 266 Barbelo 27-Oct-17 05:22
Re: Gables v Arch 262 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 06:45
Gables v Arch vs Truss 295 Dr. Troglodyte 27-Oct-17 19:33
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 277 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 20:50
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 238 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 21:20
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 239 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 21:53
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 417 Dr. Troglodyte 27-Oct-17 22:47
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 270 Jon Ellison 28-Oct-17 07:34
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 436 Jon Ellison 28-Oct-17 07:53
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 275 Dr. Troglodyte 28-Oct-17 16:08
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 301 Jon Ellison 28-Oct-17 18:13
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 248 Dr. Troglodyte 28-Oct-17 16:07
Re: Gables v Arch 272 Thanos5150 27-Oct-17 21:40
Re: Gables v Arch 286 Origyptian 27-Oct-17 22:40
Re: Gables v Arch 326 Barbelo 28-Oct-17 00:01
Re: Gables v Arch 347 Origyptian 28-Oct-17 10:03
Re: Gables v Arch 285 Barbelo 28-Oct-17 10:56
Re: Gables v Arch 415 Origyptian 28-Oct-17 13:30
Re: Gables v Arch 272 Barbelo 28-Oct-17 19:57
Re: Gables v Arch 234 Origyptian 28-Oct-17 22:45
Re: Gables v Arch 251 Barbelo 28-Oct-17 23:05
Re: Gables v Arch 262 R Avry Wilson 28-Oct-17 23:48
Re: Gables v Arch 296 Corpuscles 29-Oct-17 00:51
Re: Gables v Arch 277 Origyptian 29-Oct-17 05:19
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 323 Origyptian 27-Oct-17 02:31
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 285 Thanos5150 27-Oct-17 22:18
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 249 Origyptian 27-Oct-17 22:50
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 290 Thanos5150 27-Oct-17 23:46
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 369 DUNE 27-Oct-17 07:58
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 254 Thanos5150 27-Oct-17 22:04
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 275 DUNE 27-Oct-17 23:08
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 576 Thanos5150 28-Oct-17 02:34
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 410 Corpuscles 28-Oct-17 04:43
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 268 Barbelo 28-Oct-17 20:06
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 461 Thanos5150 29-Oct-17 02:03
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 318 Origyptian 29-Oct-17 05:16
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 409 Thanos5150 29-Oct-17 05:39
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 317 Origyptian 29-Oct-17 14:09
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 325 Thanos5150 29-Oct-17 16:39
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 332 Origyptian 29-Oct-17 16:56
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 296 Thanos5150 28-Oct-17 16:00
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 283 Barbelo 28-Oct-17 20:26


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