About this object

Bronze straight-backed knife with an angled handle in the form of a cloven hoof. The blade curves upwards to a rounded tip. There are several other New Kingdom knives with handles in the form of the leg of a cow, bull or other herbivore (e.g., Boston Museum of Fine Arts, number 20.1799, publsihed in 'Egypt's Golden Age (Boston, 1982) page 49-50).

This knife was excavated by John Garstang at Abydos and former curator, Dorothy Downes, recorded it as being from grave 499 A'08, although no notes in the archive can be found to demonstrate this and the object does not appear in Steven Snape's corpus of finds from the tombs at Abydos. The knife can be compared with another illustrated in Petrie’s, ‘Tools and Weapons’ (London, 1917) page 25, plate .XXVI [145]. The bronze surface was treated by a conservator in 1977, when green encrustation was removed to reveal worn surfaces and decoration.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    Dynasty 19 (about 1550 BC - 1295 BC)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Lt. Col. John Raymond Danson
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    229 mm x 39 mm x 11 mm
  • Related people
    Edith Danson ( Previous owner); Francis Chatillon Danson ( Collector, previous owner); John Raymond Danson ( Previous owner); Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology ( Collector)

Explore related


  • Museum Acquisitions, 1978 in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology vol. 66

    Bourriau, Janine (editor)

    Author: Bourriau, Janine (editor)
    Publisher: Egypt Exploraration Society
    Date: 1980
    Description: A list of Egyptian antiquities acquired in 1978 by museums in the United Kingdom. The article contains a complete list of the Danson collection of Egyptian antiquities acquired by World Museum in 1977.


Previous owners

  • John Raymond Danson

    Owned from: 1950-08-03
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1976-06-18
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Edith Danson

    Owned from: 1926-07-03
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1950-08-03
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Francis Chatillon Danson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1926-07-03
    Disposal method: Bequest
Object view = Humanities
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