Fish-tail knife

Egyptian
Predynastic Period
Nagada II, 3500–3200 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, Mes / 825

Dimensions

Height x width: 13.5 x 7.5 cm (5 5/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.3915

Medium or Technique

Flint

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Knives, blades, scrapers

Pressure-flaked, fishtail, bifurcated knife that probably served a ritual function in funerary ceremonies. Very finely and evenly chipped on edges. The lower portion was once covered by a wooden or ivory haft. U-shaped fork, tan-red flint.

Provenance

From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 825 [M/825]. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1913: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition