Medium: Lapis lazuli
Dates:ca. 1390–1352 B.C.E.
Dimensions: 1 15/16 x 1 3/8 in. (4.9 x 3.5 cm)
Museum Location: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Accession Number: 37.280E
Catalogue Description: Handle of a model axe made of lapis lazuli. The handle, when seen in section, has two convexly curved sides which come together to form two pointed, sharp edges. The smaller end of the handle has a rectangular hole into which the shaft of the axe would have been inserted. The other end broadens, with all sides of the handle curving outwards concavely, and with the end curving convexly. Inscribed on this larger end is the name of Amenhotep III, in very shallow plain-incised hieroglyphs. Condition: Hole for insertion of shaft is filled with dirt; otherwise good.