About this object

Flint knife or spearhead, often referred to as a Peseshkef knife by Egyptologists. Ripple flaked with finely serrated forked end resembling a fishtail. The pointed end would have been hafted to a handle. An article by Ann Macy Roth in 'The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology' vol. 78 discusses the possible ritual nature of such a tool. Ex William MacGregor collection (no. 1156). Excavated by Professor Petrie at Abydos tomb 3402.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada I); Predynastic Period (Naqada II)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    3900 BC - 3300 BC about
  • Materials
    Flint
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1922 before
  • Measurements
    140 mm x 48 mm x 5 mm
  • Related people
    William MacGregor (Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of the MacGregor Collection of Egyptian Antiquities (Sotheby's 26 June - 6 July 1922)

    Newberry, Percy

    Author: Newberry, Percy
    Publisher: Sotheby's
    Date: 1922
    Description: Professor Percy Newberry was very familiar with MacGregor's collection and produced the text for Sotheby's catalogue. There is useful detail, such as where the objects were collected and some photographs.

  • 'The Pss-kf and the "Opening of the Mouth" Ceremony : A Ritual of Birth and Rebirth', in The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology vol. 78

    Roth, Ann Macy

    Author: Roth, Ann Macy
    Publisher: The Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1992
    Description: an article within The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology volume 78

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1922-07-03
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Donation
  • William MacGregor

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1922-07-03
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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