Knife Handle


Location: On Display in the Middle East Galleries

From: Iraq | Ur

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number B16753
Current Location Middle East Galleries - On Display
Provenience Iraq | Ur
Archaeology Area PG 800
Section Near Eastern
Materials Shell

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.

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

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