Hand ax

Lower Paleolithic Period
ca. 300,000–90,000 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Libyan Desert
No measurement
Credit Line:
Gift of C.T. Currelly, 1906
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On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 101
This flint was most probably collected from the high desert plateau in the Theban area. This implement was one of a group of flints that was a gift of Charles T. Currelly, who participated in Edward Naville’s excavations at the site of Deir el Bahri between 1905 and 1907. Moreover, the flints are mentioned in a letter of May 19, 1906 addressed to Edward Robinson, then assistant director at the Met. In the letter, William M. Laffan, a trustee of the museum, writes that these flints "are from the edge of the Libyan desert where it approaches the Valley of the Kings behind Der-el-Bah’ri, and are of unusual interest."

Niv Allon 2015
From the first platform of the Mentuhotep Temple, Deir el Bahri. Donated to the Museum by C. T. Currelly, 1906.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 10.