Inlaid Dagger Blade

Inlaid Dagger Blade

Date ca. 1600-1550 BCE

Movement Aegean | Mycenaean

Medium Gold, silver, niello

Dimensions length 9.375″

Provenance Shaft grave, Grave Circle A, Mycenae, Greece

Housed at National Archaeological Museum, Athens

 

Found within Mycenaean burial tombs alongside death masks were finely crafted daggers like this one. Here, a lion hunts gazelles. Like many other cultures, the Mycenaeans employed the lion to symbolize their power, as we can see in The Lioness Gate.