Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Body adornment case
Object Type
Implements and utensils, Cosmetic and medical equipment and implements, Razor
New Kingdom
Metals/alloys (Copper alloy)
Egypt, Abydos
Number of Elements

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A copper alloy razor, probably from Abydos. The object was gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the Egypt Exploration Fund/Society, who received the object in 1903. It was subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997. A similar razor is illustrated in tomb group D102 from Abydos (D Randall-MacIver & Mace 1902 pl. XLVI. For a similar razor dating to the Eighteenth Dynasty, see Anonymous (1981, p. 192). Such razors are typical of the New Kingdom.


Anonymous (ed.) 1981. Egypt's golden age: the art of living in the New Kingdom, 1558-1085 B.C. Catalogue of the exhibition. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts. Randall-MacIver, David and Arthur C. Mace 1902. El Amrah and Abydos, 1899–1901. London: Egypt Exploration Fund,

Last modified: 16 Jan 2021

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