reply to post by Hanslune
I apologize for delay in responding, I've had two home moves since last post.
I will speculate as to why this was found in the tomb of Prince Sabu. I would venture to say that this item mean't something of importance to him.
Why was it placed beside his coffin? and not around the walls with other mundane funeral items as in Emery's sketch. Is this like as in other graves
where a man is buried with his favourite weapons, tools, horse or dog? This item was very dear to him.
This is not a standard funeral item otherwise we would have examples of exactly the same from other tombs - and we don't. This is not a temple oil
lamp as proposed by William Kayes, becasue if it was we would have other examples of exactly the same item - and we dont. Williams Kayes the Engineer
is clutching at burning staws.
You don't need the circumferencial band for an oil lamp. One does not need a raised central hub for an oil lamp. The Egyptian tradesman would not
have wasted time and effort on unnecssary work.
The circumferencial band stops expansion and distortion on the outside diameter when spinning and the raised central hub stops item from radially
wobbling on shaft while spinning. Both are required particularly when under load.
Once again IMO I will state that this is not a regilious or ornemental item, but is a practical representation of a working device, the metasiltstone
item is an example of metal eg: copper or bronze.
Show this to an Engineer with experience in fluid dynamics to clarify. I did and it was most educational.