Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Country Unknown
  • dagger, late 1800s–1975
  • iron
  • Object Length/Width: 37 x 11.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 14 9/16 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0416

This knife with blade and handle were created from the same piece of iron. The blade is about half the length of the overall piece, and curves slightly to one side. The handle is flat, with four holes, in a slight arc as if for fingers. To one side of the holes is a zigzag edge (that could have set near the knuckles) and the other side is wider (and may have set in the palm of the hand). There is a hook-like projection on either side between the handle and the blade.