An Egyptian marble doughnut-shaped macehead, c. 4000-3000 B.C.

An Egyptian marble doughnut-shaped macehead, c. 4000-3000 B.C.

Code: 1646

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Description: A marble doughnut-shaped macehead with central hour-glass perforation, some encrustation on one side, but a nice example.

Size: 37 mm/1.5 ins. high and 60 mm/2.4 ins. in diameter

Culture: Egyptian

Date: Predynastic to Early Dynastic Period, c. 4000-3000 B.C.

Provenance: Ex Scottish private collection.

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.