Model pick inscribed with name of Hatshepsut - ROM2018_16141_26


Model pick inscribed with name of Hatshepsut

Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1472-1458 BC
Period: Reign of Hatshepsut, 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
27.2 x 8.8 cm
Object number: 907.18.71
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis model wooden pick was procured for the Royal Ontario Museum by Charles T. Currelly who worked with Edouard Naville at Deir el Bahri 1905-09.  It is one of about fifty wooden hoes found "without their strings" in a small unlined pit on the second terrace of the Hatshepsut's funerary temple at Deir el Bahri. The handle is straight and roughly round in section. It is perforated to receive the tang of a flat, slightly curved, pointed blade attached to the handle at an acute angle. The surfaces of handle and blade are roughly whittled. An incised inscription on handle gives the name of Hatshepsut: "The perfect god Men-maat-Ra (i.e. Hatshepsut) beloved of Amun of Djser-djeseru (lit. Holy of Holies = Deir el-Bahri)."
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1905-1907
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