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Flint knife

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This knife of fine-grained, light colored flint is is slightly convex. It is worked on one edge with slight retouching. One end is blunt, while the opposite is pointed. It is in good condition.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 4, no. 4 [M/4/4]. 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, Badarian-Naqada III, before 3850–2960 B.C.


Mesaid, Egypt


Width x length: 3.8 x 14.7 cm (1 1/2 x 5 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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