Knife handle in the form of a grasshopper

Egyptian
Probably Late Period
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 82.55 mm (3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2011.2005

Medium or Technique

Granodiorite

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Knives, blades, scrapers

Knife handle in the form of a grasshopper with bulbous eyes and folded legs, knees protruding above its back. The body is elongated to form the handle grip, terminating in a deeply cut groove to hold the blade (now missing).

Provenance

1950s, said to have been acquired by Dr. J.H.H. Claessen, Bladel, The Netherlands. October 27, 2009, anonymous sale, Christie’s, London, lot 100, sold. October 6, 2011, anonymous sale, Christie’s, London lot 39, sold to Brian Brille, Hong Kong; 2011, gift of Brian Brille to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 21, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Brian J. Brille in honor of Rita E. Freed