Predynastic macehead in mottled black and white diorite. The discoid body with a concave depression on top and a sharp-edged rim. Tapered conical base and a hole of dwindling diameter through the center.
For a similar example in the Petrie Museum, cf. UC15363. See also Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.873.
Maces were used as weapons, became part of the funerary equipment and evolved to signs of authority.
Mottled (greenish) black and white diorite (Astonâ€™s Hornblende Diorite, type A, cf. pp.13-15 and plate 1 in: Barbara G. Aston. Ancient Egyptian Stone Vessels. Heidelberg 1994. Previous erroneous names were porphyry or porphyritic rock).
Egyptian Predynastic, Naqada I to early Naqada II Period, 4000-3400 BC
D. 8.3 cm (3.3 in)
H. 3.2 cm (1.3 in)
Museum quality and condition.
Swiss private collection, acquired at Sotheby's London, December 1981 sale, lot no. 675.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.