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tool/implement

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA67819

  • Description

    Copper forked implement: traces of organic material on the tang suggest it was originally fitted with a wooden or bone handle.

  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 4.55 centimetres
    • Width: 5.19 centimetres
    • Thickness: 1.09 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Sometimes identified as a sculptor's tool, it was more probably used to manipulate ropes, as were similar instruments from the Roman Period.

    Bibliography:
    'L'art egyptien au temps des pyramides' [exhibition catalogue] (Paris, 1999), p. 185 [35];
    'Pharao siegt immer : Krieg und Frieden im alten Ägypten' [exhibition catalogue] (Bönen, 2004), p.253, Cat no.63; Hoelzl (ed.), 'Die Pyramiden Agyptens - Monumente der Ewigkeit' (2004), p.253, Cat. 63;
    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. 287-88, pl. 55;
    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 37 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2004, 30 Apr-1 Nov, Schallaburg,---- 'Die Pyramiden Agyptens'
    2013 Jan - May, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, In the Shadow of Pyramids

  • Condition

    incomplete - handle missing, metal oxidised

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1972

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA67819

  • Registration number

    1972,0722.2

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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