Chisel - ROM2018_16322_18

ROM2018_16322_18

Chisel

Medium:Bronze
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1295-1186 BC
Period: 19th Dynasty, Ramesside Period, New Kingdom
Dimensions:
18.6 × 2.1 cm
Object number: 907.18.29
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description

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 builtt by Nebhepetre Montuhotep.  It is dated to the period of Ramesses II, when there was considerable restoration work at Deir el Bahari.

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