Mallet - 907.18.54_4



Medium:Acacia wood
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
26.67 cm
Object number: 907.18.54
Not on view

This well-worn wooden mallet was used by stone masons working at the site of Hatshepsut's temple of Deir el Bahari.  We do not know at which stage of the work this tool was employed: was it part of the original construction, or used later by Akhenaten's iconoclasts to desecrate the images of the gods, or later again, when Ramesses II sent work crews to repair and recarve the decoration?

This shape of this wooden mallet, carved in one piece from a heavy branch of acacia, is the same used to this day.  Such tools immediately connect us with the ancient workers; ideas and languages change, but human anatomy and effort remain.

Wooden mallets and other tools were often left in foundation deposits at temples as votive offerings.

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