Pinched-top tweezers - ROM2018_16226_1


Pinched-top tweezers

Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
4.5 × 1.2 × 0.4 cm
Object number: 907.18.259
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionAs part of their cleanliness regimen, the Ancient Egyptians removed some unwanted hair with tweezers. There were two kinds, one with pointed ends, and one with flat. The latter may have been used for pulling hair, while the pointed ends might have been used for medical purposes, such as removing thorns or slivers.  Tweezers of both kinds were used in Egypt from the First Dynasty, but this type, with a pinched top, only occurs after the Eighteenth.
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1905-1907
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