Axe with Kha monogram

Some of the tools found in Kha’s funerary assemblage belong to the world of carpentry. An axe stands out among them. It has a wooden handle and a bronze blade, engraved with Kha’s monogram, attached by an elaborate weave of leather bands. The position of the blade, at a right angle to the handle, makes this a very versatile tool because it fulfils the function of a normal cutting blade as well as that of a planer; its practicality of use is such that, in Kha’s time, Egyptian carpenters and joiners had already been using the model for over a millennium to cut and hew wooden boards, but also to shape and smooth surfaces.

Axe with Kha’s monogram incised on the upper face of the blade
Axe with Kha’s monogram incised on the upper face of the blade

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reigns of Amenhotep II, Thutmose IV and Amenhotep III, ca. 1425-1353 BC. Wood, bronze and leather. From the Tomb of Kha (TT8), Deir el-Medina, West Thebes. Schiaparelli excavations, 1906. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Turin. S. 8386

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