Knife with handle

Egyptian
Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1–2
2960–2649 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 15.8 cm (6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

04.1857

Medium or Technique

Flint

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Knives, blades, scrapers

This crudely worked knife of light beige-colored flint fashioned has a narrow handle. It exhibits rough, bifacial retouching and has one convex edge and one slightly concave edte. Modern graffitti has been applied to the stone in blue ink in the form of an ankh-sign (the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol for “life”).

Provenance

Said to be from Sheikh Ali (Abadiya). 1904: Purchased for the MFA in Qena, Egypt from Ghirgas by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group ( 04.1855-04.1859) for £1. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession date: January 1, 1904)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund