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carnelian

A pale to deep red or reddish-brown variety of clear chalcedony, used in jewelry.

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Dagger from the Tomb of Princess Ita
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In the tomb of Princess Ita, wife of Amenemhat the second, this dagger was found in her coffin, together with a collection of jewels that included bracelets, anklets a necklace, and the remains of a belt.

The pommel is in the shape of a light crescent of lapis lazuli. The hilt is beaten gold and is inlaid with disks of lapis lazuli and green feldspar. The disks are inlaid with diagonal crosses of thin gold and between the disks are curvilinear squares inlaid with light brown carnelian. The elegant bronze blade is mounted in the solid gold shoulder and attached by three gold rivets. The tongue of the bronze blade and the shoulder strap fit exactly into the hilt.

The form of the blade is Phoenician in origin, and the patterns on the handle were common in Crete. It has been suggested that the dagger was imported from Byblos in Phoenicia or from Crete, or was manufactured in Egypt by a foreign craftsman at the royal court.

Dimensions:  Length 26.8 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Pharaonic

Technique:

Gilded
  Inlaid

Style:

Middle Kingdom

Materials:

Bronze
  Gold
  Stones
Type Type

Type:

Jewelry
Map Map

Location: 

Egyptian Museum

Created: 

Dahshur
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Created: 

1914 BC - 1879 BC
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