Chisel - ROM2018_16270_18



Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
10.7 × 0.6 × 0.5 cm
Object number: 909.80.277
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionIn shape, this chisel is very like its modern counterpart, but being made of bronze instead of steel, it is thicker and more sturdy  (almost square in cross-section) so that it would not snap in use. Such chisels were usually made in a mold then hammered to shape.  Used with a wooden mallet it would have been able to carve into soft limestone or wood. It could be used not only for cutting, but for levering pieces cut; this was especially needed for the large amount of mortise cutting, done for the joining of planks edgewise.
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