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Knife

Peru

Bronze knife with ram's-head handle

Handle ending in a head of a ram.

Bone knife handle

With lion's head.

Knife with a Hand Holding an Orb

The handles of common tools were often embellished with sculpted figures. The design of this piece may have symbolic importance or may simply reflect its use as a fruit knife.

Knife blade

Iran, Qasr-i Abu Nasr Sasanian

Knife

Found Egypt, Medinet Habu

Piece of sheath for knife

Caucasus region Six Dynasties Period

Knife Blade

The finely damascened gold ornament on this diminutive blade identifies it as belonging to a small and only recently recognized group of similarly decorated knives. Based on the style of decoration, they have b... more

Knife Handle

United States, Alaska

Ceremonial Knife (Tumi)

The Moche people of northern Peru (first–seventh century) were among the first to use copper, often with the addition of arsenic to harden the metal and improve the quality of the cast. Moche metalworkers hamme... more

Ceremonial Knife

Peru, Cajamarca (?)

Man with a knife from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 44v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man with a knife, and above, a woman. Image taken from f. 44v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Ornamental Knife

Colombia (?)

Steel Knife with Ivory Handle

Made in Venice, Italy

Ornamented Knife (tumi)

The Inca inherited a metalworking tradition that began well over 2,000 years before their rise to power. They brought metalworkers from all over the empire, especially the north coast, to their capital Cuzco, t... more

Serving Knife

This serving knife, and its pair (see ac. no. 51.118.3), has been attributed to Hans Sumersperger of Hall, the knifesmith of Maximilian I, at whose splendid court the influence of northern late Gothic and Itali... more

Vajra Flaying Knife

This flaying knife is styled in the Indian manner, with a long, hooked steel blade for butchering and flaying. A vajra (thunderbolt scepter), symbol par excellence of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, forms the handl... more

Serving Knife

This serving knife, and its pair (see ac. no. 51.118.2), has been attributed to Hans Sumersperger of Hall, the knifesmith of Maximilian I, at whose splendid court the influence of northern late Gothic and Itali... more