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. Excavated by Professor Petrie at Naqada tomb number 1569 during the winter of 1894-5 for the Egyptian Research Account.

Marked in pencil 1569 Neqada. Marked in ink 1569. Also from the same tomb is a flint knife in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London (UC 4825).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date made
    3000 BC before
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Egyptian Research Account
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    121 mm x 55 mm x 5 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 ( 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

  • Petrie's Naqada Excavation: a Supplement

    Baumgartel, Elise J

    Author: Baumgartel, Elise J
    Publisher: Bernard Quaritch Ltd
    Date: 1970


Previous owners

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