legionromanes on Mar 12 2009, 11:25 PM, said:
youre saying, this is too expensive to go in a tomb
I mean "expensive" in the same terms that I used it before;
that it required tremendous expense to build in terms of ef-
fort and labor. Obviously things made of gold normally rep-
resent great wealth as well.
It's not that it's too valuable per se, it's that as a ceremonial
bowl it's too valuable and as a grave good it may have no
function at all. Someone who works for NASA might desire
to be buried with an extremely expensive shuttle part but
why would a priest or politician? Some people might like the
idea of being buried with anything valuable but so it certainly
can't be dismissed out of hand, but I'd still maintain that most
people would prefer gold or something widely treasured or of
personal importance to them rather than a bowl that cost
thousands of dollars. Why not a gold bowl? It could do any-
thing this one can do and you could always scrap it out. It
would even be cheaper and much more widely treasured.
Most people just wouldn't have much use for a bowl shaped
like this one and they probably wouldn't have much more
use for it in the afterlife.