Flint fishtail knife with V-shaped notch

Egyptian
Predynastic Period
Naqada I–II, 3850–3300 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, Tomb 123 (M/123/14)

Dimensions

Width x length: 4.5 x 9.5 cm (1 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.257

Medium or Technique

Flint

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Knives, blades, scrapers

This is a fishtail knife of light beige, fine-grained flint. It is triangular with a pronouned V-shaped fork at its wide end, one tang of which is nicked. The knife is bifacially retouched.

Provenance

From Mesaid (Mesa'eed), tomb 123 [M/123/14]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition