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Dagger and sheath

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The dagger comprises a hilt with cross-piece which has rounded corners and a blade with engraved lines parallel to the edges. The sheath has a knob on the point and is engraved with zigzags and a maeander. The inlaid wood or bone of the hilt is missing. Medium green patina.


By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: "From a Scottish collection, possibly the Carfrae."); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Italic or Levantine, Syrian, Geometric/Latial II, 9th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Lazio, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 592; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


Length (dagger): 37.9 cm (14 15/16 in.), length (sheath): 29.3 cm (11 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Swords, Daggers, Knives