The rim of the bowl is decorated with two heads of the goddess Hathor who like Sekhmet was the goddess of childbirth.
This piece is assumed to be a libation bowl but Rosalind Park, who I respect very much as a person and for her outstanding research and articles, suggests the following use of the bowl:
" I was once told by a BM curator, that it is assumed that this splendid piece is a "libation" bowl. It is unusual that inside, the base slopes down to a middle circle. My feeling is some sort of optical appliance? When it is filled with liquid to the brim, it becomes a sort of mirror (Mirrors were a favourite offering to the goddess at Dendera). I would boldly suggest that it could be called a "scrying" vessel" (Rosalind Park).
|Picture taken by me|