Today, I went again (see about previous visit here) to the conservation lab in the zoology department at the HU to see Gali working on the ivory object – which we now know is a bowl.
Here is a picture of the “excavated” bowl – as it is slowly being “removed” from the surrounding sediment matrix.
While the rim is partially broken (though we have almost all the pieces), the bottom is complete. Unfortunately, asides from a guillouche pattern on the rim, some holes on the rim (apparently to attach a lid) and a small bar handle below the rim, so far, there does not seem to be any other decoration ( :-(…
Liora, our zooarchaeologist, believes that it is of elephant ivory.