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Ivory fish harpoon

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Fish harpoon, broken with a barbed point; lower part missing.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed), tomb 133 [M/133/8]. 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: 13.1 x 2.5 cm (5 3/16 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone


The Ancient World


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