Dagger with inscribed pommel
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096 -9
Overall: 24.5 x 4.5 cm (9 5/8 x 1 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Bronze or copper and ivory
Not On View
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.
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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition