Paint brush - ROM2018_16270_15


Paint brush

Medium:Palm fibre
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
9.1 × 3 × 2.2 cm
Object number: 907.18.64
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description Many ancient Egyptian paint brushes have been found, some left behind in the tombs where they were used, and others discarded on larger sites such as temple.  This one is typical of New Kingdom paint brushes made from palm fibre, doubled to half its length, and lashed together at the doubled end.  Single ply palm-fibre cord has been wound about twelve times around the bundled fibres.  The brush end was cut flat, and worn obliquely in use. Trances of ancient reddish pigment remain. Separate brushes were normally used for each colour.
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1905-1907
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