Mallet - ROM2018_16322_30



Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
26.5 × 13.6 cm
Object number: 907.18.56
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Wooden mallets have been used, with relatively minor changes in shape, from the time of the pyramids to the present day. Egyptian mallets usually have a large head and a cylindrical handle cut in a block of wood. The mallet was used to direct the strike of a chisel, and thus would be hit repeatedly.  Most Egyptian mallets, made of tamarisk or acacia wood are not strong, and to withstand the repeated strikes must be rotated with each blow.  Nevertheless, the work wears a deep furrow around the head, and eventually the whole will split and need to be replaced

This mallet was probably one of those used during the Ramesside period to repair the temples of Deir el Bahari after the iconoclasm of the Amarna period, or it might have been used to help to obliterate the image of the woman king, Hatshepsut during the later period of the reign of her nephew, Thutmosis III.  The smooth and shiny finish on the handle is the result of the Egyptian workman’s skillful grip.  Such mallets really  bring us within a touch of the Ancient people.

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