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Fragment of harpoon

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Harpoon of ivory or bone with single barb remaining. Somewhat disintegrated, fragile; point broken away and missing.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed), tomb 85 [M/85/3]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Badarian to Naqada III, 4500–2960 B.C.


Mesaid, Egypt


Length x width: 9.5 x 2.3 cm (3 3/4 x 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone


The Ancient World


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Traps, Nets, Hooks