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Fishtail knife

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Tan flint with streaks. Finely serrated from half the body to the U-Shaped blade, bifacially retouched.


Said to be from Sheikh Ali (Abadiya). 1903: purchased in Qena, Egypt from Ghirgas by Albert M. Lythgoe for the MFA as part of a group (03.1383-03.1387) for £6. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

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


Overall: 13.5 x 0.7 cm (5 5/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Knives, Blades, Scrapers