The hoe in art and history

With the hoe – it seems to me – we see the start of techne. In the beginning of course was the stone, and the stick -and out of the stick grew many things : the staff, the spit, the scratcher and the spear. But join the stone to the stick and we move from tool to technology.


Larry Kinsella at made this deerhide-wrapped hoe. With use the edges become glossy, smooth and blunt – time to nap a new sharp facet.

The Chalcolithic Age saw the arrival of copper implements, soon replaced by bronze. Egyptian heiroglyphs of the Late Bronze age [16th century BC to the 11th century BC] show the hoe for the first time in writing.


These are from Gardiner’s list of Egyptian heiroglyphs of some agricultural implements – U7, U13, U20 and 21 seem to be variants of the hoe. The hoe has entered art and history.


For more – see the hoes in art and history page, right.

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One Response to The hoe in art and history

  1. Tara says:

    This is a question more than a comment.

    How come with all what you have written here you do not mention possibly the worlds leading manufacturer of these tools who have been in business for over 100 years but show photographs of people who most probably are using them.

    The company is Chillington Tools in the UK who still sell these tools around the world today.

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