Disc-shaped macehead



Accession Number
W152
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Predynastic case
Object Type
Implements and utensils, Warfare, hunting and fishing equipment, Mace
Period
Predynastic Period
Naqada I to Naqada II
Material
Stone/minerals (Diorite)
Provenance
Egypt, Mostagedda, Grave 1854
Measurements
Diameter: 106mm | Height: 31mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

A disc-shaped macehead of spotted diorite. It has been broken in half but repaired although some pieces are missing. It was excavated within grave 1854 at Mostagedda in 1929 by Guy Brunton. Brunton (1937: 72) describes the grave as containing a broken flint knife and a macehead lying in pieces in front of the head and arms of the individual. W316 was excavated from the same grave.

Bibliography

Brunton, Guy 1937. Mostagedda and the Tasian culture: British Museum expedition to Middle Egypt, first and second years, 1928, 1929. London: Bernard Quaritch. 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 for information on similar items]

Wellcome Number
A87009
Other Identity
29/1854 (excavation number) | 331 (see VA Donohue notes)
Previous Owners
Guy Brunton (1878–1948) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Excavation Details

Excavated in grave 1854 at Mostagedda in 1929 by Guy Brunton.

Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 26 Sep 2021

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