About this object

Axe blade with concave sides, convex cutting edge, lug for hafting onto a long straight wooden handle, which has a small hole in it near the base. There was originally a copper band on the handle beneath the haft. The stringing is not original.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Deir Rifa
  • Date made
    1550 - 1295 (Dynasty 18)
  • Materials
    Bronze; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the British School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1907
  • Collector
    British School of Archaeology in Egypt
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Deir Rifa
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    523 mm x 180 mm x 34 mm
  • Note
    Compare with Metroploitan Museum of Art 39.3.56 (published in 'The Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt', p. 40);
    There is a pencil mark '97' written on the handle, corresponding with the grave number. Petrie considers the narrow-waisted axes he found at Rifeh to be of the early Dynasty 18.
  • Related people
    British School of Archaeology in Egypt (Collector, previous owner)

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    Publisher: British School of Archaeology in Egypt
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  • British School of Archaeology in Egypt Excavations at Deir Rifa, 1907

    Start date: 1907-01-10
    End date: 1907-01-10
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