About this object

Diorite disc-shaped mace head. Perforated through the centre for hafting to a handle. Disc-shaped mace heads like this were replaced by pear-shaped mace heads by about 3500 BC (Naqada II). The edge is chipped in some places.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada I)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date made
    4000 BC - 3500 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Flaxman Charles John Spurrell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date collected
    1894 - 1895
  • Measurements
    25 mm x x 80 mm
  • Related people
    Egyptian Research Account ( Collector, 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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  • Naqada and Ballas

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

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders; Quibell, James Edward; 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


  • 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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