Egyptian Predynastic flint ritual fish-tail knifeE274
A rare flint fish-tail knife with intricately knapped serrated cutting edges. The exact function of this unusual but distinctive implement remains unknown, it is thought to either be a variant of the pesesh-kef (mouth-opener) or otherwise a ritual knife used for the cutting of the umbilical chord of new-born babies.
Egypt, Predynastic to Early Dynastic Period, Naqada II to IInd Dynasty, c. 3500-2686 B.C.
14.5 x 7.5 cms
One corner lost as seen in the photographs
Ex. private estate, London, UK; formerly acquired by family descent. The collection was probably formed between c. 1880-1920.
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