Dagger with inscribed pommel

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096 -9

Dimensions

Overall: 24.5 x 4.5 cm (9 5/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.1566

Medium or Technique

Bronze or copper and ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Swords, daggers, knives

Bronze blade, wood grip rivetted together. Ivory pommel separate but practically complete (possibly a reworked magic wand from Egypt) with name and title inscribed in Egyptian: “The hereditary princess, the living royal daughter, [Redi]-en-Ptah” (part of name is obscured). Found between legs of body, not on burial bed so possibly sacrificed.

Provenance

From Kerma, K1096 -9. March 1914: 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