About this object

Thin copper alloy wire fish-hook with curved end, barbed point and eyelet at the other end. The fish hook was excavated in the isolated buildings (R.41.2) between the Royal Estate and the Great Aten Temple in the Central City region of Tell el-Amarna during the 1932-3 excavations of the Egypt Exploration Society (assigned the find number 32/266). The buildings were thought to be perhaps the houses of the clerks of the works and good examples of ordinary small houses. The building where the fish-hook was found was described by the excavator as, “flimsily built but boasted a number of outbuildings, corn-bins, and courtyards" (1951 p.110). In one of the courtyards was found the body of a male child buried in a vase.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date made
    1352 BC - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    36 mm x 17 mm x 3 mm
  • Related people
    East Anglia Egyptian Society ( Previous owner); Egypt Exploration Society ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)

Explore related



  • 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.


Previous owners

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