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Sword

datation
2nd millennium BC
provenance
Ugarit
area
period
size
8.5 cm x 74 cm
materials
themes

The Kingdom of Ugarit was distinguished by its open international relations. Egyptian finds discovered in Ugarit reveal strong ties between the two countries in the 2nd millennium BC. So when a sword is discovered in Ugarit carrying the name of the Egyptian pharaoh Mineptah, we can wonder: 'Was this sword produced in Ugarit to be exported to Egypt, or was it a present from the pharaoh of Egypt to the ruler of Ugarit?'

The sword is of medium length, about 70 cm, and it is made of bronze. At the hilt, it is inscribed in Hieroglyphic the name of the pharaoh of Egypt, Mineptah, who was one of the pharaohs of the 19th dynasty. The hilt of the sword may have originally been made of wood or ivory but it is missing now. This object was found together with a collection of other swords and weapons.

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