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.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Small bronze barbed fish-hook with limerick bend, flat-hammered end and attached ancient string of flax.
Condition: Brown to black in color with area of green. Surface is scratched and partially corroded. Piece of hammered end may be missing.
Fish Hook, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Bronze, 9/16 x 3/4 in. (1.4 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.287E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.37.287E_14.633.2-.3_34.1186_erg456.jpg)
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