Hammer

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2575–2467 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit G 4340 A, shaft debris

Dimensions

Overall: 11 x 8.3 x 2.8 cm (4 5/16 x 3 1/4 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.5597

Medium or Technique

Igneous stone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Woodworking and stoneworking

Half of a hammer of blue-black igneous rock, split vertically during use; shallow depression in finished surface 4 cm wide for binding with cord or to hide the handle. Broken side rough. Color – dark gray with some reddish-brown flecks.

Provenance

From Giza, Pit G4340A, shaft debris. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition