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 (Diorite)
Egypt, Mostagedda, Grave 1854
Diameter: 106mm | Height: 31mm
Number of Elements

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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.


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
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.

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

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