Dagger blade, pommel and rivets

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan (Nubia), Kerma, KXB -101


Legacy dimension: Pommel: L: 8.5 cm W. (extant): 4.7 cm D: 0.9 cm Blade: L: 25.1 cm W: 2.3 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: Pommel is one main piece and two large fragments. Waxy surface coating (?) on top side only. Coating is cracking. Trapezoidal shape. One rivet attached. Blade: Copper-bronze blade with heavy encrustation and chipping at edges. Four rivet holes in blade. Four rivets (c): three are complete and one is missing head end. Also two complete bronze pins. The dagger (a) and pommel (b) have not yet been located.


From Kerma, KXB, sacrificial corridor, object 101. March 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