> Hi Martin
> I realise you are not particularly arguing with me
> but I wonder if you could explain this for me
> (from one of the links you provided to
> It says to help you
> This comes down to the image of an unkempt man
> who drills a vase with a drill bit made of
> two wooden parts topped by a hemispherical ballast
> stone on which is stuck a "crank"; the lower part
> ends with a fork between the jaws where a flint
> crescent is held by a wooden stick. Incidentally,
> the hieroglyph of the drill, Gardiner U24 or
> variant (composition-tb) had come to determine
> the most words related crafts - an example is
> in the text above Rekhmire.
> The vase seems perfectly complete (already made
> and fit for purpose) to me. How are you and others
> sure he is not crushing barley or mixing a cake?
> What is that squiggly thing on the top? Is that a
> handle? what purpose does it serve as there is no
> one holding it?
> How do they determine what is inside the vase? Do
> you have an 18th Dynasty Xray picture or cross
> section depiction of it?
> What stone was the vase made from?
> Edit: What is the power source.... is he just
> twisting it with one hand...???? Do you think that
> would bore into granite?
> Have you compared the fat faced pictures in Stocks
> books to those you post?
I’m not responsible for what Osirisnet says (and I don’t suppose you’re suggesting I am). I’m primarily interested in the additional graphic material there.
Some general remarks:
We’d want to consider this depiction in the context of a fairly large corpus of pictures of the same kind of thing (including the hieroglyph, Gardiner U24). In the corpus we’d see those parts of the device which this picture doesn’t reach. We’d also consider surviving crescent-shaped bits of flint (of which there are some). I assume that such background knowledge is the basis of the remarks at Osirisnet.
The thing at the top would be a handle and sometimes it’s shown being held or manipulated. The way the tool is being held and used in this case is, as far as I know, unusual. I was considering the possibility that, much as you suggest, the artisan here is turning the vase with his hand while holding the tool static.
In the context of the kind of production shown in this register (including the hieroglyphic text above the figure of Rekhmire), it makes more sense as a depiction of the manufacture of the vase and pots shown.
I don’t know what stone it is. The way it’s depicted does not suggest granite to me.
I do not have Stocks’ book.