Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fire Lighter

Among the interesting household items found in the tomb of Tutankhamun is this genuine and unique wooden fire lighter, which the ancient Egyptians used for creating fire. The fire lighter functions through the fast rotating, by hand or by using a bow with thongs, of the fire stick into drill holes.

The fire stick has 12 holes that contain resin to create the spark by friction which then ignites the nearby tinder.

The drill stick is topped by a separate head which helped the user to hold it steady.

Dimensions: Length 21 cm

Eternal Egypt