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pounder

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA67818

  • Description

    Spherical dolerite pounder.

  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 6.5 centimetres
    • Weight: 540 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    During his exploration of the lower part of the air shaft leading from the so-called Queen's Chamber in the Pyramid of Khufu, three tools were discovered: this small stone pounder, a small wood board, and a copper object in the shape of a dove's tail. Now thought to be offerings dating to the age of Khufu, they were either genuine tools or models of tools and are similar to objects discovered in foundation deposits. They may have been placed in the air shaft at Giza to allow the deceased king to magically open the passage and return to heaven.

    Bibliography:
    'L'art egyptien au temps des pyramides' [exhibition catalogue] (Paris, 1999), p. 185 [34]; 'Pharao siegt immer : Krieg und Frieden im alten Ägypten' [exhibition catalogue] (Bönen, 2004), p.253, Cat No.62; Hoelzl (ed.), 'Die Pyramiden Agyptens - Monumente der Ewigkeit' (2004), p.253, Cat. 62;
    C. P. Smyth, ‘Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid’ 4th ed. (London, 1880), p. 429;
    R. Stadelmann, ‘Die sogenannten Luftkanäle der Cheopspyramide: Modellkorridore für den Aufstieg des Königs zum Nimmel’, ‘Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäeologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo’ 50 (1994), pp. 287-288;
    M. Lehner, ‘The Complete Pyramids: Solving the Ancient Mysteries’ (London/New York, 1997), p. 112.

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  • Bibliography

    • Metropolitan Museum of Art 1999 36 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2004, 30 Apr-1 Nov, Schallaburg,---- 'Die Pyramiden Agyptens'
    2013, 22 Jan - 20 May, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna , 'In the Shadows of the Pyramids: The Austrian excavations at Giza (1912 – 1929)'

  • Condition

    good

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1972

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA67818

  • Registration number

    1972,0722.1

Part of an implement consisting of a copper double-hook shaped element. Traces of organic material on the tang suggest it was originally fitted with a wooden or bone handle.

Part of an implement consisting of a copper double-hook shaped element. Traces of organic material on the tang suggest it was originally fitted with a wooden or bone handle.

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