The Mysterious Egyptian Tri-Lobed Disc

Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 28 2007

We’ve translated this article from the Italian. Another translation that readers may find useful—used for ceremonial; funereal; ritualistic; shamanistic etc. purposes -often means; “we don’t know what it was used for”…

In the first wing of the Egyptian Museum of the Cairo between two rooms close to the Momias Room, one cannot help but be surprised to see in a small display cabinet, although not without some difficulty caused by the reflections of the light on the crystal that covers it, a solitary object similar to a wheel or stone disc.

This strange object has disturbed and continues disturbing all the Egyptologists that have had occasion to study it at great length. The first of them was its discoverer, Brian Walter Emery, one of the most important Egyptologists of 20th Century and the author of a classic volume on Egyptology, Archaic Egypt, that continues to be, after many years, an important bibliographical reference for the study and an understanding of the origins of the Old Egyptian Civilization.

Making excavations in 1936, in the archaeological zone of Sakkara, he discovered the Tomb of Prince Sabu. He was the son of Adjuib Pharaoh, governor of the I Dynasty (3,000 B.C.).

Between utensils of funeral objects that were extracted, Emery’s attention was powerfully drawn by an object that he initially defined in his report on the Great Tombs of the I Dynasty as: “… a container in the form of schist bowl…”.

Years later, in his previously mentioned work, Archaic Egypt, commented on the object in a way perfectly summarizes the reality of the situation and the discomfort the object causes; “cachibache” (a small hole that threatens to become a much larger hole)”…

A satisfactory explanation has not yet been obtained on the peculiar design of this object…”.

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2 Responses

  1. Administrator says:

    While reading the “Egyptian Tri-lobed disc” article it occurred to me that if it had been copied from a metal object, a possible use would be as an impeller on a centrifugal pump. High technology indeed!

    Comment Submitted by  Marc P.

  2. kim w. says:

    My thoughts exactly Marc P. I am a power plants technician and immediately when I saw it, right away I thought of some sort of motor/pump device-if you will, impellar blades. I strongly believe this is what this object was meant to represent. After all, objects greatly resembling aircraft have been found in Egyptian sands. Only truly searching for the truth without preconceived bias (archaeological timelines and dogmas) will yield answers.

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