Surveyor's Stake from a Foundation Deposit for Hatshepsut's Temple
- New Kingdom
- Dynasty 18
- Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
- ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Hatshepsut, Foundation Deposit 2b (B), MMA excavations, 1921–22
- L. 41.3 cm (16 1/4 in.); Diam. 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1922
- Accession Number:
The Egyptian foundation ceremony was called "the stretching of the cord." This refers to the ritual of dedicating a temple, but it also describes the action of laying out the temple's ground plan by driving stakes into the earth and stretching a piece of cord between them. The stake (22.3.246) and a mallet (22.3.245) in this photograph are from one of the foundation deposit delineating the perimeter of Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri.