Chisel - ROM2018_16322_21

ROM2018_16322_21

Chisel

Medium:Bronze
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1279-1213 BC
Period: Reign of Ramesses II, 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom
Dimensions:
17.7 × 4.1 cm
Object number: 907.18.30
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description

In shape, this chisel is very like its modern counterpart, but being made of bronze instead of steel, it is thicker and more sturdy 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.  This is a rare example that retains its wooden handle.

This chisel was found in the debris above Akh Swt, the Eleventh Dynasty temple built by Nebhepetre Montuhotep.  It is dated to the period of Ramesses II, when there was considerable restoration work at Deir el Bahari.

A chisel like this one is shown in the hieroglyph Gardiner U 23.  The sign if often pronounced “mr” but can also represent the sound “ab.”




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