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Bronze charcoal shovel

Period:
Late Bronze Age
Date:
ca. 1300–1050 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
length 19 5/16in. (49.1cm) width of blade 4in. (10.2cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5357
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
The origin of this tool type is obscure. It may have been brought to Cyprus from the Aegean. The long handle and light blade make it suitable for forge work.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4700, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 657, p. 235, New York: Gilliss Press.

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