Description: A banded limestone pear-shaped macehead with central perforation, the surface weathered with some pitting but a pleasing example with almost sculptural quality.
Size: 42 mm/1.6 ins. high and 53 mm/2.1 ins. in diameter
Date: Predynastic to Early Dynastic Period, c. 4000-3000 B.C.
Provenance: Ex Somerset private collection and previously with Bron Lipkin of Collector Antiquities.
Notes: Maceheads were used as weapons and in ceremonies and there are a number of depictions showing kings smiting enemies with maceheads. They are not uncommon in Predynastic/Early Dynastic graves but their small size suggests a ritual or symbolic purpose rather than practical use. Maceheads may either have been attached to a leather thong or mounted on a wooden shaft.