Ceremonial Dagger of King Ahmose I

Being a gift for his mother Ahhotep, this dagger was inscribed on the two faces of the gold blade with the name and epithets of King Ahmose I. The inscription ends in very fine decorative motifs: on one side a lion pursues a calf in a rocky landscape, followed by a row of four grasshoppers and the head of an animal. The other side shows a floral design crowned with a jackal’s head. This decoration in gold thread, like the hieroglyphs, is backed by a band of black enamel.

Ceremonial dagger of King Ahmose I
Ceremonial dagger of King Ahmose I
Ceremonial dagger of Ahmose I
Ceremonial dagger of Ahmose I

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Ahmose I, ca. 1550-1524 BC. Made of gold, electrum, copper alloy and semi-precious stones. From the Tomb of Queen Ahhotep, Dra’ Abu el-Naga’, West Thebes.  Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 4666

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