Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
As early as the Predynastic Period, weapons were included in men’s graves, and later in tombs. Thus, the beginnings of different customs in burial for men and women began in the earliest period and continued for thousands of years. These weapons accompanied the deceased into the afterlife for use there.
ca. 3400-3200 B.C.E.
Predynastic Period, late Naqada II to Naqada III Period
2 3/8 x 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (6 x 0.7 x 20 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Large knife of light brownish, partly conical chert. One face polished, the other flaked all over, with transversal ridges, extremely low, radiating from median line; on one spot of this a patch of the previous polished surface remains, which is left largely at butt. Fine bifacial retouch on back edges and butt, fine bifacial serration all along the cutting edge. The back edge is straight, the cutting edge gently curved, finally curving in a hemicycle to back edge, the butt rounded.
Condition: Three minor chips.
This item is not on view
Large Knife, ca. 3400-3200 B.C.E. Chert, 2 3/8 x 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (6 x 0.7 x 20 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 09.889.121. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.889.121_front_PS1.jpg)
front, 09.889.121_front_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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