Drilled core from stone vessel - ROM2018_16145_30


Drilled core from stone vessel

Medium:Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Geography: Excavated at Saqqara, Egypt
Date: c. 2686-2125 BC
Period: 3rd-6th Dynasty, Old Kingdom
1.4 x 0.8 cm
Object number: 906.17.5
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description Many cores like this one have survived from the Ancient Egyptian stone vessel manufacturing process. Experimental archaeology shows that tubular drills of reed or of copper could be used with a bow to drill out the insides of stone vessels or to drill holes into stone. 
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