Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Egyptian workers, including artisans, farmers, and fishermen, required a wide variety of specialized tools.
Woodworkers employed axes that had copper or bronze blades lashed to wooden handles with leather.
Carpenters produced smooth surfaces with copper chisels, often with serrated edges.
Tanners used broad, flat knives to cut strips of leather for sandals, harnesses, and whips, which they then pierced with metal awls.
Field hands cut grain with curved sickles fitted with small flint blades.
Fishermen relied on metal hooks with tiny barbs, much like their modern-day equivalents.
Officials used siphons to inspect the liquid contents of vessels without breaking through the protective mud seals.
ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
11/16 x 3 5/8 in. (1.7 x 9.2 cm)
handle: 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
Small bronze awl or borer set in short wooden handle.
Condition: Handle split but intact; bronze slightly corroded.
Awl, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Bronze, wood, 11/16 x 3 5/8 in. (1.7 x 9.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.633.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.37.287E_14.633.2-.3_34.1186_erg456.jpg)
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What is an awl?
It is something used to punch holes in materials like leather. It's the object next to the siphon with a rounded, wooden handle and a bronze point.