Macehead



Accession Number
W932
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
Material
Stone/minerals
Provenance
Egypt, Abydos
Measurements
Height: 47mm
Number of Elements
1

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Description

This conical macehead is made of a black stone (diorite). It has been chipped and mended. This type of macehead usually dates to the Naqada I Period (4000-3500 BCE). The Naqada Period is named after the type site in Upper Egypt, just north of Thebes. It is probably from Abydos, and was purchased by Wellcome from the MacGregor collection in 1922.

Bibliography

Gilbert, G.P. 2004 'Weapons, warriors and warfare in Early Egypt'.

Wellcome Number
15676
Other Identity
1723 (small rectangular label with '1723' written thereon in red ink) | 318 (round label on object- presumed to be a VA Donohue number) | 933H
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 26 Jun–06 Jul 1922, Lot 933H
Previous Owners
Rev. William MacGregor (1848–1937) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 29 Jun 2022

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