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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA23863

  • Description

    Corroded copper alloy door or chest butt-hinge made of two thin metal leaves articulated by three barrels, now blocked by corrosion : the leaf with the central barrel is broken across a round fixing hole near the articulation ; the other, with the lateral barrels, is made of a long strip ending with a large disc folded at the other end around the axis of the hinge. Two round holes have been punched for fixing to the door, one in the center of the distal disc, the other near the knuckle, with its counterpart visible on the broken end of the folded part beneath. The visible side of the fitting is decorated with incised or rather hallmarked circles, two concentric ones around the hole in the middle of the disc, two others, on the central strip near the disc, side by side, and another one or possibly a pair, near the hinge; the last three (or four) surround an internal thin and tight spiral groove. The hole near the knuckle has not been perforated in the center of the last circle, but partly on its perimeter.

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 15.8 centimetres
    • Width: 3.02 centimetres
    • Thickness: 1.6 centimetres (max)
    • Thickness: 0.06 centimetres (metal sheet, minimum)
    • Thickness: 0.25 centimetres (metal sheet, maximum)
  • Condition

    fair, incomplete (one part broken and missing)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1887

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA23863

  • Registration number

    1887,0101.1054

Corroded copper alloy door or chest butt-hinge made of two thin metal leaves articulated by three barrels, now blocked by corrosion : the leaf with the central barrel is broken across a round fixing hole near the articulation ; the other, with the lateral barrels, is made of a long strip ending with a large disc  folded at the other end around the axis of the hinge. Two round fixing holes have been punched, one in the center of the disc, the other near the knuckle, with its counterpart partly visible on the broken end of the folded part beneath. The visible side of the fitting is decorated with incised or rather hallmarked circles, two concentric ones around the hole in the middle of the disc, two others, on the central strip near the disc, side by side, and another one or possibly a pair, near the hinge; the last three (or four) surround an internal  thin and tight spiral groove. The hole near the knuckle has not been pierced in the center of the last circle, but partly on its perimeter.

Corroded copper alloy door or chest butt-hinge made of two thin metal leaves articulated by three barrels, now blocked by corrosion : the leaf with the central barrel is broken across a round fixing hole near the articulation ; the other, with the lateral barrels, is made of a long strip ending with a large disc folded at the other end around the axis of the hinge. Two round fixing holes have been punched, one in the center of the disc, the other near the knuckle, with its counterpart partly visible on the broken end of the folded part beneath. The visible side of the fitting is decorated with incised or rather hallmarked circles, two concentric ones around the hole in the middle of the disc, two others, on the central strip near the disc, side by side, and another one or possibly a pair, near the hinge; the last three (or four) surround an internal thin and tight spiral groove. The hole near the knuckle has not been pierced in the center of the last circle, but partly on its perimeter.

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