Disc shaped granite macehead



Accession Number
AB72
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Drawers beneath stelae, Drawer 2 (Handling tray 2)
Object Type
Implements and utensils, Warfare, hunting and fishing equipment, Mace
Period
Predynastic Period
Naqada I to Naqada II
Material
Stone/minerals (Syenite)
Provenance
Egypt, Abydos
Measurements
Diameter: 88mm | Height: 24mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

A disc-shaped syenite macehead, which is partially broken. The disc-shaped macehead seems to have been generally earlier than the pear-shaped macehead, with both commonly found in graves. This example is probably from Abydos. The object was 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, and was subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.

Bibliography

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: 26 Sep 2021

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