Boning rods - ROM2018_16322_15


Boning rods

Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
With rope on right: 10.6 × 1.5 cm
No rope displayed in middle: 10.6 × 1.2 cm
One rope on left side: 10.6 × 1.4 cm
Object number: 907.18.280
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description This equipment would have been used by a New Kingdom mason to check the flatness of the stone surfaces he was dressing. A set comprised of three short wooden rods of equal length, over the top of two of which a cord was stretched from edge to edge of the surface been tested.  The third rod was moved back and forth with its top always underneath the tightly stretched cord.  This movement would reveal any high spots that needed to be smoothed down.


Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1905-1907
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