User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Flint knife

Start collecting

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.

Provenance

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.

Findspot

Mesaid, Egypt

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.783

Medium or Technique

Flint

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Knives, Blades, Scrapers