Fish-Tail Knife card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Fish-Tail Knife

56.20.41

Currently not on display

Information

Flint knife or spearhead, often referred to as a Peseshkef knife by Egyptologists. Ripple flaked with finely serrated forked end resembling a fishtail. The pointed end would have been hafted to a handle. An article by Ann Macy Roth in 'The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology' vol. 78 discusses the possible ritual nature of such a tool. Marked in pencil Neqada. Excavated by Flinders Petrie at Naqada during the winter of 1894-5 for the Egyptian Research Account. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Surface dirt. See 'The Flint Implements of Naqada' by F. C. J. Spurrell in Petrie and Quibell, 'Naqada and Ballas' (London, 1896) pp. 55-59, pl. LXXIII no. 66. See, A M Roth, 'The psS-kf and the "opening of the mouth" ceremony', JEA 78 (1992), pp. 113-147, fig. 4 [a].