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Dagger blade (wide near hilt and inwardly curved to thin point) with four rivets in place. Mounted with a lunate ivory pommel, three rivets in place and grooved for attatching to handle/hilt, split in half. Fragment of handle/hilt of wood with two rivets.


From Nubia, Kerma, KB80 #5. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Middle Kerma, 2050–1700 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall (Blade): 25.3 x 5 cm (9 15/16 x 1 15/16 in.) Overall (Pommel): 5.2 x 5 cm (2 1/16 x 1 15/16 in.) Overall (Hilt): 3.5 x 3 cm (1 3/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze, ivory, wood


The Ancient World


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Swords, Daggers, Knives