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Asian Dagger

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Daggers such as this one, with two parallel ribs running down the blade, have been found throughout modern Israel. The design is undoubtedly Asian, probably Hyksos. How such a blade reached Thebes is not known; it may have been brought back as a souvenir by a Theban soldier who fought in the wars against the Hyksos.

MEDIUM Copper alloy, horn
DATES ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late XIII Dynasty-XVII Dynasty
PERIOD Second Intermediate Period
DIMENSIONS 9 5/16 x 3/4 in. (23.7 x 1.9 cm) Other (Blade): 1 5/8 x 1/2 in. (4.1 x 1.3 cm) Other (Handle): 1 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (4.4 x 7.3 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Syrian. Asian Dagger, ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E. Copper alloy, horn, 9 5/16 x 3/4 in. (23.7 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.284E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.284E_erg2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.37.284E_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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