Model axe - 901.8.113.31_1


Model axe

Geography: Excavated at the Tomb of Khasekhemwy, Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 2890-2686 BC
Period: Reign of Khasekhemwy, 2nd Dynasty, Early Dynastic Period
3 x 2.7 cm
Object number: 901.8.113.31
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

The copper model tools of the 901.8.113 series were found by Flinders Petrie at Abydos in an intact deposit in the Second Dynasty tomb of King Khasekhemwy. The deposit had been preserved intact due to a happy accident; Petrie recounted that the freshly made mud-bricks used to construct the walls of the tomb had “yielded with the pressure and flowed out sideways . . . It was only owing to this flow of the walls over the objects in the chambers that we succeeded in finding so many valuable things perfect, and in position.” (Petrie, The Royal Tombs of Abydos 1901: Part II, p.12.).

This copper model mimics an axe head. The rounded head is typically Egyptian; this form was used from Predynastic times until the early New Kingdom, for battle as well as for carpentry and trimming trees. Cut from sheet copper, it is purely ceremonial.

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society (W.M. Flinders Petrie), 1898-1901
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