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Knife Handle

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Object Number:B16753
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: Iraq
Ur
Archaeology Area: PG 800
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Shell
Height: 0.5 cm
Length: 10 cm
Width: 4 cm
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1928
Other Number:U.10437a - Field No SF

Description

CBS Register: VI season. shell carving. plant design with minature lion in the round. holes for attachment. Found near the wooden chest in the Queen's grave.

As Woolley noted, because this handle is quite thin, it must have been mounted together with a similar piece against a central slip of wood or metal. Its three holes would have served as a means of attaching it. The triangular arrangement of the holes calls to mind the positioning of the rivets that secured dagger blades to handles, and perhaps the piece was in fact part of the handle of a dagger. A carved lion decorates the handle’s end.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Ancient Mesopotamia: The Royal Tombs of Ur (1983 - 1998) View Objects in Exhibition
Middle East Galleries (21 Apr 2018) View Objects in Exhibition
Iraq\'s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur\'s Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jan 2017) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Horne, Lee C., and Zettler, Richard L. 1998. Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 164/Figure 137 and then description as Figure 138View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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