About this object

Flint fish-tail shaped knife that Flinders Petrie thought of as a lance but now they are sometimes regarded as a ritual implement called a peseshkef knife. Ripple flaked with fine serrated forked end resembling a fish-tail. The narrower pointed end would have been hafted to a handle. Pale pink colour and darker at the base.

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
    Item not currently on display
  • 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: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1973
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • William MacGregor

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1922-07-03
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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