Mason's chisel - ROM2018_16270_10


Mason's chisel

Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1279-1213 BC
Period: Reign of Ramesses II, 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom
14.5 × 1.5 × 1.4 cm
Object number: 907.18.28
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

In shape, this chisel is very like its modern counterpart, but being made of bronze instead of steel, it is thicker and more sturdy so that it would not snap in use. Such chisels were usually made in a mold then hammered to shape. Used with a wooden mallet it would have been able to carve into soft limestone or wood.

This chisel was found in the debris above Akh Swt, the Eleventh Dynasty temple built by Nebhepetre Montuhotep.  It is dated to the period of Ramesses II, when there was considerable restoration work at Deir el Bahari.

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1905-1907
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