Collections: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art: Dagger

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    • Medium: Ivory, ebony, gilded bronze
    • Dates: ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
    • Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
    • Period: New Kingdom
    • Dimensions: 2 1/8 x 1/4 x 11 5/16 in. (5.4 x 0.6 x 28.7 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
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    • Accession Number: 09.889.339
    • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Dagger, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Ivory, ebony, gilded bronze, 2 1/8 x 1/4 x 11 5/16 in. (5.4 x 0.6 x 28.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 09.889.339. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, CUR.09.889.339_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/5/2007
    • Catalogue Description: Bronze dagger with elaborate handle. Long, rather narrow triangular blade of bronze with straight sides, which sets the piece apart from its type, slightly blunted tip and on either face a flat, low but pronounced rather broad midrib, narrowing to tip and running down into it. Bronze handle, oblong, with indented sides and deeply indented ends, the horn of one of which enclose the shoulders of the blade, while the horns of the other overlap the opposing horns of the pommel, which is of ivory, crescent-shaped, with a median tongue meeting a tongue from the handle, so that on either side an oval hole is left, for passing through a thong. The handle is covered on both faces alike with three thin strips of ebony laid on longitudinal shallow grooves and fastened with large nails, their heads underlaid with small leather “Goodyear” rosettes: two on either side, four on the long median board. The handle is fastened to the blade with three smaller nails, forming an equilateral triangle, on either face. Excellent example of well-known type. Condition: Good. Edges of blade jagged. Green patina in places. The two central studs are missing on one face of handle.
    • Record Completeness: Good (71%)
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