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Flint knife tip

Predynastic Period
Naqada, I–III, 3850–2960 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, tomb 26, no. 4b (M/26/4b)


Length x width x thickness: 7.6 x 3.5 x 0.7 cm (3 x 1 3/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Knives, blades, scrapers

This knife fragment is made of fine-grained flint of mottled dark gray-brown and light brown coloration. It has two convex edges, both of which are very finely serrated. Its original shape was likely lenticular. Three separate fragments of the knife originally received separate numbers: a body fragment was joined with knife tip 11.256. Object 11.264 is part of the same tool but does not join.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 26, no. 4b [M/26/4b]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition