A rare Egyptian ceremonial bronze khopesh or sickle-sword. The khopesh is probably the most iconic of the Egyptian weapons. It features a curved, thick blade and measured about two feet long. A khopessh has a thick, crescent shaped blade that is used for slashing. There are several styles of this wicked weapon, and one very well designed style that combines the advantages of both of them. Basically one style has a hook on the end that is used for grabbing people, their weapons or shields and the other variety has a point on the end that can be used for stabbing. The hybrid type has both a point and a hook on it, and this can be used to pull an opponent’s shield down then thrust (stab) the end of the khopesh into their face. There is nothing nice about a Khopesh, it leaves nasty wounds and looks vicious. A rare weapon, it was normally shaped at the outer curve, this example is blunt, indicating it was used as a ceremonial weapon. The weapon is reinforced in the centre for a stronger crushing. It ends in a 90 degree curve. It could have been used as a hook and bludgeon weapon. The patina and the bronze/cooper metal indicates Egyptian origin. Extremely heavy.
Egypt, Middle Kingdom - New Kingdom, Ca. 2000 - 1300 BC.
Size: 47 cms Length.
Provenance: Ex. Switzerland Collection, Acquired legally and ethically over the last decade on the antiquities market. Consigned by Pegasus Gallery Antiquities in August 2017.