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Whip Handle Inscribed with Cartouche of Amunhotep IV

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.
MEDIUM Wood, pigment?
  • Reportedly From: Abusir, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 1 5/8 × 1 3/4 × 12 in. (4.1 × 4.4 × 30.5 cm)
    INSCRIPTIONS The Good God, Lord of the Two Lands, Neferkheprure-Wanre, Beloved of Urhekau, Mistress of Heaven
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden whip-handle shaped like a club with terminal in form of papyrus umbel. Rectangular slot near front end. One column of text on one side. Condition: White fill in signs only partially preserved; long cracks run length of object.
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