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Magic knife (peseshkef)

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Split at one end, perhaps used in the "opening of the mouth" ceremony performed on the deceased.

Provenance

From Giza, tomb G 7550 B. 1928: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1928: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: May 27, 1987)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, 2350–2170 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Length: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

28.1148

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects