Fishtail knife

Egyptian
Predynastic Period
Naqada I–III, 3850–2960 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.1391

Medium or Technique

Flint

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Knives, blades, scrapers

This fishtail knife of dark beige-colored has a shallow V-shaped fork at one end and a rounded point at the other. The end of tang has broken off. The edges show slight retouching.

Provenance

Said to be from Basilea. 1903: Purchased for the MFA at Qena, Egypt from Ghirgas by Albert M. Lythgoe for £2. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund