Dagger and pommel

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, KIV


Pommel: L: 7.8 cm W: 4.0 cm D: 0.5 cm Blade: L: 17.8 cm W: 1.8 cm D: 0.3 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze or copper and Ivory

Not On View


The Ancient World


Swords, daggers, knives

Pommel: Trapezoidal ivory pommel. Two large fragments loose at butt end. Otherwise, in good condition. Some surface staining and red ochre. Two rivets attached. One large rivet unattached. Blade: Copper-bronze blade. Two rivets attached. Some encrustation but in good condition.


From Kerma, KIV no. 401. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition