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Half of a hammer of blue-black igneous rock, split vertically during use; shallow depression in finished surface 4 cm wide for binding with cord or to hide the handle. Broken side rough. Color -- dark gray with some reddish-brown flecks.


From Giza, Pit G4340A, shaft debris. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, 2575–2467 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Overall: 11 x 8.3 x 2.8 cm (4 5/16 x 3 1/4 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Igneous stone


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Woodworking & Stoneworking