Chisel Head

Unknown CreatorShang dynasty (16th century – 1046 BCE) or later

Hallwyl Museum

Hallwyl Museum
Stockholm, Sweden


Shang dynasty (16th century – 1046 BCE) or later
Inventory number: XLIX:I:A.k.01.

The front of this chisel head is relatively narrow and flares gently towards the socket at the back. The two edges on the top are beveled. The tool probably had a straight wooden handle that slotted into the socket at the back. Like a modern chisel, it was probably used either by pushing from or hammering the handle to cut away pieces of wood at the cutting edge. Rather than used for shaping the general form of a piece of wood, like with an adze, the chisel was used for more decorative or detailed work.


  • Title: Chisel Head
  • Creator: Unknown Creator
  • Date Created: Shang dynasty (16th century – 1046 BCE) or later
  • Location Created: China
  • Physical Dimensions: 14.2 x 2 x 1.7 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Chinese Bronze Age, Tools, Chisels, Woodwork
  • Rights: CC BY

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