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”…s8int.com
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, EmeryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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…”.