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Model drill or awl

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This object is an awl or perhaps a model bow drill. A bronze bit/blade (now largely missing) is set in a long, cylindrical handle of wood with pointed head. It has been given a bevelled edge. Only handle is preserved well.


From Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, pit B. May 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; March 1920: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11–Dynasty 12, 2040–1783 B.C.


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


Length: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, copper


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Woodworking & Stoneworking