Brush - ROM2018_16270_13



Medium:Palm fibre
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
17 × 4.5 × 3.5 cm
Object number: 907.18.63
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description Many ancient Egyptian paint brushes have been found, some left behind in the tombs where they were used, and others discarded on larger sites such as temple.  This one is typical of New Kingdom paint brushes made from palm fibre, doubled to half its length, and lashed together at the doubled end.  Double ply palm fibre cord is neatly wound about six times around the doubled-over fibres. White trances of ancient pigment remain. Separate brushes seem to have been used for each colour.
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1905-1907
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