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3rd Intermediate Period (1069 – 656 BC)
Size: 20cm high, 10cm dia. – 8 ins high, 4 ins dia.
All kinds of stone was worked ranging from soft limestone, alabaster and sandstone to the hardest granite, diorite and quartzite. The craftsmen chose and shaped the stone carefully to maximise the decorative effect of the natural colour and banding. Workers in stone and wood were known as 'Hemuty' and they may have been the first of all pre-dynastic craftsmen to achieve an independent professional identity, since the same term is used in old Egyptian to denote both these and craftsmen in general.