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.