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Fishtail knife

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This fishtail knife of dark beige-colored has a shallow V-shaped fork at one end and a rounded point at the other. The end of tang has broken off. The edges show slight retouching.


Said to be from Basilea. 1903: Purchased for the MFA at Qena, Egypt from Ghirgas by Albert M. Lythgoe for £2. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada I–III, 3850–2960 B.C.


Length: 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


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