Disc shaped macehead

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Predynastic case
Object Type
Implements and utensils, Warfare, hunting and fishing equipment, Mace
Predynastic Period
Naqada I to Naqada II
Stone/minerals (Syenite)
Egypt, Abydos
Height: 26mm | Diameter: 66mm | Diameter (hole): 15mm
Number of Elements

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A disc-shaped syenite macehead that is slightly chipped. The disc-shaped macehead seems to have been produced earlier than the pear-shaped macehead, with both commonly found in graves. It is probably from Abydos and was a gift from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. The object had previously been gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the Egypt Exploration Fund/Society, who received the object in 1903.


Gilbert, Gregory Phillip 2004. Weapons, warriors and warfare in early Egypt. BAR International Series 1208. Oxford: Archaeopress. Needler, Winifred 1984. Predynastic and archaic Egypt in the Brooklyn Museum: with a reexamination of Henri de Morgan's excavations based on the material in the Brooklyn Museum initially studied by Walter Federn and a special zoological contribution on the ivory-handled knife from Abu Zaidan by C. S. Churcher. Wilbour Monographs 9. Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Museum. [p. 258]

Last modified: 22 Mar 2022

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