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Accession_Number 13.10.1
adlib_title Cypriote dagger or dirk
Shape Dagger; dirk
Shape_description Rat-tanged dirk (sword blade used as a dagger or spearhead), with long thin blade, pointed at both ends, with sloping shoulders. A rib runs nearly the full length of the piece (flattened in the last 2 cm of the blade end). The middle of the rib, near the attachment end, is thin, rhomboidal in section, narrowing to pointed tip or tang which is turned up slightly at the end. Approximately 1/4 down the length of the blade the flange broadens, so that two flat sides spread from the centre rib. The blade end of the dirk has nearly straight sides, but tapers gently to a rounded tip. Catling's type 1d; near ├ůstrom's type I4. As Catling suggests (1964, 56) the rat-tailed weapon, the most characteristic of prehistoric Cypriote metal forms, occurs in so many sizes that it is impossible to classify them as swords, dirks, daggers, or even spearheads.
Material Bronze
Fabric Cypriote
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Munsell_color
Decoration None
Inscriptions
Condition Single piece, intact, and seemingly complete, except eroded at the edges of the blade, on either side, particularly in the middle third of the piece. Blackish-brown with green patches throughout.
Technique/Style
Provenance Salamis, Cyprus
Period Middle Cypriote
Date 19-17 c.
Dating_details The general category of rat-tanged weapons is continuous from early bronze age through late bronze age.
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Top view of a Cypriote bronze rat-tanged dirk.
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Top view of a Cypriote bronze rat-tanged dirk.
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Top view of a Cypriote bronze rat-tanged dirk.
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Top view of a Cypriote bronze rat-tanged dirk.
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Top view of a Cypriote bronze rat-tanged dirk.
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Top view of a Cypriote bronze rat-tanged dirk.
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Drawings of a bronze Cypriote bronze rat-tanged dirk.
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Comparanda Oxford, Ashmolean 1884.604: CCA 7, pl. 19, no. 248; Lapithos 702.132 (now in Stockholm); P. ├ůstrom, Middle Cypriote Bronze Age. The Swedish Cyprus Expedition IV 1 B (Lund 1972) fig. 9.9; Lapithos Tomb 49, no. 117: H. Catling, Cypriot bronzework in the Mycenaean World (Oxford 1964) fig. 2.10.
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Height
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Handle_height
Other_dims. L. 31.8; W. (max.) 2.7; Th. (max.) 0.9; L. (attachment) 8.7
Location Warfare
Edited_by Denise; Kinsey; Amy; Joana varela
Date_edited 16.09.2002; 06.01.2006; 23.07.2009; 19.04.2017
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