Whetstone ?


Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Tools and equipment

Approximately half of a domed piece of marble. Opposite side roughly broken. On the domed side, the edge of the dome (approximately 1/2”) seems to have been polished, while the interior circle is quite rough (perhaps intentionally so?). There are a large number of dimples of around the same size covering this surface. The edge itself is fine.


From Naukratis. 1886-7: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; December 22, 1887, presented to the MFA by the EEF.
(Accession Date: December 22, 1887 - Deaccessioned: December 21, 1906)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription