Dagger blade, pommel and rivets

2400–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma


L: 30.5 cm W: 5.0 cm D: 1.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze or copper and Ivory

Not On View


The Ancient World


Swords, daggers, knives

Dagger, pommel and remains of scabbard. Dagger and pommel broken in three places.Lunate ivory handle with wood haft. Pommel: encrusted with dirt. One rivet attached, otherwise good condition. Wood haft broken in center, two rivets remaining in loose top portion. Bits of leather scabbard adhering to surface. Blade: Lower part of haft attached with four rivets. Dagger blade in excellent condition with remains of scabbard still adhering.


From Kerma. KB105x. 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