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. The catalogue card notes that the colour of the flint is paler at the base and suggests that this might be from the binding protectecting the surface. An article by Ann Macy Roth in 'The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology' vol. 78 discusses the possible ritual nature of such a tool. Excavated by Professor Petrie at Naqada tomb number 1569 during the winter of 1894-5 for the Egyptian Research Account.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada I); Predynastic Period (Naqada II)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date made
    3900 BC - 3300 BC about
  • Materials
    Flint
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Flaxman Charles John Spurrell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date collected
    1894 - 1895
  • Measurements
    105 mm x 44 mm x 5 mm
  • Related people
    Egyptian Research Account (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie (Previous owner); Flaxman Charles John Spurrell (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Naqada and Ballas

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders; Quibell, James Edward and Spurrell, F.C J

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders; Quibell, James Edward and Spurrell, F.C J
    Publisher: Quaritch, Bernard, London
    Date: 1896
    Description: Flaxman Spurrell wrote chapter 10, 'The Flint Implements of Naqada' pp. 55-59 and made illustrations of flints for plates LXVIII - LXXV. Available online http://archive.org/details/cu31924028748261

  • '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

Events

  • Egyptian Research Account Excavations at Naqada, 1894-95

    Start date: 1894
    End date: 1894
    Description: Excavations by Flinders Petrie and James Quibell at Naqada during the winter of 1894-5 for the Egyptian Research Account.

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