Disc shaped granite macehead

Accession Number
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
Predynastic Period
Naqada I to Naqada II
Stone/minerals (Syenite)
Egypt, Abydos
Height: 24mm Diameter: 88mm
Number of Elements

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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.


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: 09 Jun 2022

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