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Flint fishtail knife with V-shaped notch

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This is a fishtail knife of light beige, fine-grained flint. It is triangular with a pronouned V-shaped fork at its wide end, one tang of which is nicked. The knife is bifacially retouched.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed), tomb 123 [M/123/14]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division 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–II, 3850–3300 B.C.


Mesaid, Egypt


Width x length: 4.5 x 9.5 cm (1 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Knives, Blades, Scrapers