Dagger with inscribed pommel

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096 -9


Overall: 24.5 x 4.5 cm (9 5/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze or copper and ivory

Not On View


The Ancient World


Swords, daggers, knives

Bronze blade, wood grip rivetted together. Ivory pommel separate but practically complete (possibly a reworked magic wand from Egypt) with name and title inscribed in Egyptian: “The hereditary princess, the living royal daughter, [Redi]-en-Ptah” (part of name is obscured). Found between legs of body, not on burial bed so possibly sacrificed.


From Kerma, K1096 -9. 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