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Mace head

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Alabaster biconical macehead, cylindrical hole vertically part way through containing remains of wooden haft, transverse hole with remains of wooded pin for holding haft in place.


From Kerma, K321: 2. February 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 2.5 x 4.6 cm (1 x 1 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Axes, Maces, Clubs