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Fish-tail knife

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Pressure-flaked, fishtail, bifurcated knife that probably served a ritual function in funerary ceremonies. Very finely and evenly chipped on edges. The lower portion was once covered by a wooden or ivory haft. U-shaped fork, tan-red flint.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 825 [M/825]. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1913: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Nagada II, 3500–3200 B.C.


Mesaid, Egypt


Height x width: 13.5 x 7.5 cm (5 5/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Knives, Blades, Scrapers