I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the Book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written. -- Atrus

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ancient Moiety Dagger?

FYI, this will be a day of posting!  This is the first of an estimated three I will be throwing up here today.  For a couple of months I have been wanting to post this and only now have I gotten around to it.

I was paging through a museum catalog on ancient Sudanese treasures when I found this:




Left: Moiety dagger from Riven.  Right: an ancient Nubian dagger, from ca. 1750 BC, Kerma, Sudan.  It was found in a child's (about 2 years old) grave and it is made of copper alloy, ivory, and wood.  Its dimensions are 160 mm blade and 32 mm (diameter) pommel.  Pretty cool, huh?  I won't bore you with the rest of the details, but if you are interested in exploring more of the ancient Sudan and its treasures, please refer to:

Anderson, Julie R. and Derek A. Welsby. Sudan Ancient Treasures: an Exhibition of Recent Discoveries from the Sudan National Museum.  London: British Museum Press, 2004.

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