About this object

Craftsman’s mallet that is either from a foundation deposit buried beneath the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahri, or is actually a discarded workmen's tool, which does seem quite likely considering the surface shows sign of having been used greatly - about 100 mm from the side is broken away.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Bahri
  • Date made
    1473 BC - 1458 BC (joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III) about
  • 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: Thebes: Deir el Bahri
  • Date collected
    1903 - 1904
  • Measurements
    250 mm x 140 mm x 117 mm
  • Related people
    East Anglia Egyptian Society (Previous owner); Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); Henri Édouard Naville (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Explore related


  • The XIth Dynasty Temple of Deir el-Bahri Part III

    Naville, Edouard and Hall, H. R., and Currelly, C. T.

    Author: Naville, Edouard and Hall, H. R., and Currelly, C. T.
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1913
    Description: Publication of the Egypt Exploration Fund excavations at Deir el Bahri - the 11th Dynasty temple of Mentuhotep II (3 volumes).


  • Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Deir el Bahri 1897 - 1907

    Start date: 1897
    End date: 1897
    Description: Edouard Naville's excavations between 1897 and 1907 for the Egypt Exploration Fund. Naville cleared the temple of Hatshepsut and discovered the temple of Mentuhotep II in 1897. He carried out several seasons of work at the beginning of the 20th century with the final season during the winter of 1906-7. The museum provided financial sponsorship and the committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund donated a granary model accessioned on 13 December 1899 (; 30 objects which were accessioned on 13 October 1904, accession series In 1956 the museum purchased the bulk of Norwich Castle Museum's Egyptian collection which included material from Deir el Bahri donated by the Egypt Exploration Society in November 1925 to the East Anglia Egyptian Society( "from old stock"). Bibliography: Naville, The Temple of Deir el-Bahri, 7 vols. (London, 1894-1908). Naville, The XIth Dynasty Temple of Deir el-Bahri, 3 vols. (London,1907-1913).


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