Dagger blade and pommel

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, KXB -411


Pommel: L: 11.0 cm W. (extant): 4.5 cm D: 0.4 cm Blade: L: 22.7 cm W: 2.5 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. One large and three small loose fragments. Three rivets attached. Blade: Copper-bronze blade with heavy encrustation and chipping at edges. Two rivet holes on blade. Small piece missing at attachment point.


From Kerma, KXB , sacrificial corridor, object 411.1914: 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