About this object

Bronze razor with flat slender shaft and asymetrical head shaped to form an outward curving cutting edge.The tip of the head is missing. Described by the excavator as a "fleshing-knife". Excavated in House T.34.1 of the North Suburb at Tell el Amarna. The house is in an area of other 'wady houses' and is one of the largest and grandest, once home to the family of a man named Hatiay, Overseer of Works. Found under the floor of the inner sitting-room along with fragments of copper and silver; three bronze adze heads; a gold openwork brooch; and an incised alabaster spoon.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date made
    1352 - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    162 mm x 16 mm x 3 mm
  • Note
    EES negative no. O.063
  • Related people
    East Anglia Egyptian Society (Previous owner); Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

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  • The City of Akhenaten II. The North Suburb and the Desert Altars. The Excavations at Tell el Amarna During the Seasons 1926-1932

    Frankfort, H; Pendlebury, J D S

    Author: Frankfort, H; Pendlebury, J D S
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1933
    Description: Publication of the Egypt Exploration Society excavations carried out at Tell el Amarna between 1921 and 1936.


  • Egypt Exploration Society Excavations at Tell el Amarna

    Start date: 1921
    End date: 1921
    Description: Excavations carried out at Tell el Amarna by the Egypt Exploration Society between 1921 and 1936.


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