Bronze Age, Middle or Late Cypriote Period
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 556; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).
11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Probably a rat-tanged weapon. The blade is flat, and the shaft is square. The tip end appears to have been broken off. The edges are ragged, and there is a dull green incrustation.
By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for
$ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)
Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription