The unusual shape of this saw’s handle is a reproduction of a Ma`at -feather (an ostrich plume signifying “truth”). This shape suggests that the saw was used for ceremonial purposes, such as preparing meat for sacrifice to a god.
Place Made: Egypt
Dates: ca. 1353-1336 B.C.E.
Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
Period: New Kingdom
Dimensions: 12 3/8 x 1 5/8 in. (31.5 x 4.2 cm) (show scale)
Collections: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Accession Number: 65.133
Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
Caption: Ceremonial Saw in the Shape of a Maat-feather, ca. 1353-1336 B.C.E. Bronze, 12 3/8 x 1 5/8 in. (31.5 x 4.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 65.133. Creative Commons-BY