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Flint fishtail knife with V-shaped notch

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Fishtail knife of fine-grained beige flint with v-notch at one end. Finely worked serrated edge with bifacial retouching; excellent condition.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 123 [M/123/15]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the divsion of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada I, 3850–3650 B.C.


Mesaid, Egypt


Length x width x thickness: 14.6 x 4.9 x 0.4 cm (5 3/4 x 1 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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