Bow drill, Egypt, c 1480 BC.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Bow drill, Egypt, c 1480 BC.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


The bow drill is one of the most ancient tools made and used by man, and this illustration shows an Egyptian worker drilling holes by this means in the framing of a chair. The drill illustrated is of advancing design, the spindle rotating in a long socket in the hollow handle. Illustration copied from the tomb of Rekhmire by Nina de G Davies.

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