Dagger blade, pommel, and rivets

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan (Nubia), Kerma, KXB 84


Blade: length: 17.0 cm; width (at greatest): 3.3 cm; depth: 0.2 cm. Pommel: length: 8.4 cm; width: 5.5 cm; depth: 0.4 cm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze or copper, Ivory, tortoise

Not On View


The Ancient World


Swords, daggers, knives

(a) Badly bent blade at right angle with remains of haft attached. Two rivets remaining attached to blade. Blade corroded and badly encrusted. Additional fragments of haft. (b) Concave oval pommel. Pommel loose. Some chips missing, but otherwise in good condition. Some dirt adhering to surface. One rivet and remains of haft attached to pommel. (c) Strip of bronze or copper for attaching blade (tops of rivets corroded together).


From Kerma, KXB, sacrificial corridor, object 84. 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