Fish-Tail Knife card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Fish-Tail Knife

56.20.81

Currently not on display

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. Excavated by Professor Petrie at Abydos. Broken into eight pieces with seven pieces mended & one piece from the top missing. Brown and black in colour. Marked in ink 'Abydos'. From one of Petrie's excavations at Abydos between 1899 and 1904.