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stonejumper
Hi,
Received this today from an auction purchase. Item description as title, its eygptian. Can anyone please tell me more about the fossilized part? 20200320_213604.jpg  20200320_213559.jpg 
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Dirty Pete
Hi Stonejumper.
Hard to make out any internal structure from the pics, can you see anything with it in hand. The shape and distribution suggests sections through cylinders so I'll guess some kind of coral.
Pete
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andrasz
It is not a stone I recognise, however the shape is very typical for early Dynastic Egyptian offering vessels. Don't know how much you paid for it, but looks like you have a real treasure there. Was it offered as an ancient artifact or as a fossil piece...?
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Brittle Star
Alot of Egyptian building stone had nummulites in it. Very nice piece
JW

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stonejumper
A few better pics in the day.
It was sold as 'eygptian limestone fossiliferous dish'.
Would just like to know what type of fossil it is thats running through it, if it is even limestone?

I thought it was interesting as i have not seen many ancient wares with fossils running through them, not that I'm an expert by any means. I have a very small modest collection. 20200330_155833.jpg  20200330_155816.jpg  20200330_155806.jpg
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nomadiclifeguide
I collect both antiquities and fossils. I have not seen a piece such as this before and think it to be rather special. Was it expensive? 
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Dirty Pete
Still can't see any internal structure but that last pic indicates that the white ellipses are evenly spaced cylindrical structures. Nummulites are disc/lens shaped so I'll stick with coral, maybe the rock has undergone metamorphism (to marble?) and recrystallisation has destroyed the original internal structure. The only other thing I can think of are infilled vertical burrows but they seem too evenly spaced for that. 
Pete. 
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Barrow Museum
Agree with Pete, particularly when compared  with this Pre-dynastic (3200 BC) Egyptian mace head made from coralliferous limestone. Click image for larger version - Name: 3200BC.jpg, Views: 11, Size: 49.18 KB
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