The shallow bowl is the most common type of Early Cycladic marble vessels. Hunderds of bowls of varied size have been found in Early Cycladic graves. Bowls with a pierced vertical lug - useful for hanging or carrying the vessel - are charasteristic of the Early Cycladic I period. This particular example has a couple of such lugs and belongs to an extremely rare type. In the following period (Early Cycladic II), bowls were left plain withouth suspending lugs.