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Dagger blade, pommel, and rivets

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(a) Badly bent blade at right angle with remains of haft attached. Two rivets remaining attached to blade. Blade corroded and badly encrusted. Additional fragments of haft. (b) Concave oval pommel. Pommel loose. Some chips missing, but otherwise in good condition. Some dirt adhering to surface....

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From Kerma, KXB, sacrificial corridor, object 84. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Sudan (Nubia)


Blade: length: 17.0 cm; width (at greatest): 3.3 cm; depth: 0.2 cm. Pommel: length: 8.4 cm; width: 5.5 cm; depth: 0.4 cm.

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Medium or Technique

Bronze or copper, Ivory, tortoise


The Ancient World


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