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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
  • Reportedly From: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 13 to Dynasty 17
    PERIOD Second Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 9 5/16 x 3/4 in. (23.7 x 1.9 cm) Blade: 1 5/8 x 1/2 in. (4.1 x 1.3 cm) Handle: 1 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (4.4 x 7.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bronze dagger blade and part of a horn handle for a dagger. The blade has two large median ribs which are flanked by decorative incised lines. There are three rivet holes at the tang end, and, if there was an extension of the tang, there was possibly once a fourth rivet hole. The handle, with stock terminating in a crescent, is made in two halves riveted together. Condition: Blade has cu/ black patina. Tip missing: top rivet hole broken. Top shows glue for attachment to pommel.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    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, 37.284E_NegA_glass_bw_SL4.jpg)
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