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Model Stone Rocker 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 1 (A), Egypt Exploration Fund, 1894–95
Wood, ink
L. 23.6 cm (9 5/16 in); w. 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in); h. 5.1 cm (2 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1896
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
When a pharaoh decided to build a temple, a foundation ceremony was performed during which the outlines of the building were marked by cords stretched over wooden pegs. At certain places along the circumference or the axis of the future building holes were dug in the ground into which the king placed votive objects.

Many of the objects placed in foundation deposits were tools used for construction of the building or of the shrines and statues to be housed within it. Some tools, such as this brick cradle, were models; others were full-size, usable tools (see 96.4.7).
Naville Excavations sponsored by the Egypt Exploration Fund. Acquired by the EEF in the division of finds. Given by the EEF to the Museum for its contribution to the excavations, 1896.

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