Ceremonial Saw in the Shape of a Ma`at-Feather
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
The unusual shape of this saw’s handle is a reproduction of a Ma`at -feather (an ostrich plume signifying “truth”). This shape suggests that the saw was used for ceremonial purposes, such as preparing meat for sacrifice to a god.
ca. 1353-1336 B.C.E.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Ceremonial Saw in the Shape of a Ma`at-Feather, ca. 1353-1336 B.C.E. Bronze, 12 3/8 x 1 5/8 in. (31.5 x 4.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 65.133. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.65.133_erg456.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 5/20/2008
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Knife-like cutting instrument in bronze consisting of a blade in shape of the m,.t-feather with a finely serrated edge and of a handle in the form of a curved papyrus bundle with umbel, the latter bearing a ring of suspension; all in one piece.
Condition: Good although slightly corroded and discolored in spots. Traced of bronze disease.
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