About this object

Flat copper sheet model of a double harpoon with pointed end and three barbs. 1 of 16 double harpoons of similar size discovered in 'Tomb V', the tomb of Khasekhemy, Petrie's King Khasekhemui. Petrie recorded this find in his 1901 publication of the excavation: "a large mass of funeral model in copper were found stacked together; the tool models inside of the large pan, and the lesser dishes turned over them. The whole group had been covered by a collapsed wall. The models are all roughly cut of thin sheet copper" ('Royal Tombs II', p. 28).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Early Dynastic Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    About 2686 BC (Dynasty 2: Reign of Khasekhemwy)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1901
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    2 mm x 104 mm x 16 mm
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1901-10-14
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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