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Dagger with inscribed pommel

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Bronze blade, wood grip rivetted together. Ivory pommel separate but practically complete (possibly a reworked magic wand from Egypt) with name and title inscribed in Egyptian: "The hereditary princess, the living royal daughter, [Redi]-en-Ptah" (part of name is obscured). Found between legs of...

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Provenance

From Kerma, K1096 -9. March 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 24.5 x 4.5 cm (9 5/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.1566

Medium or Technique

Bronze or copper and ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

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