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Piriform mace head

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Cylindrical, hole in center. Bulbous shape. Encrusted with calcium deposit? One side eroded on the surface.


From Hierakonpolis, 453 (?). 1898: Excavated by J. E. Quibell for the Egyptian Research Account, given to the MFA by the Egyptian Research Account. (Accession date: November 1, 1898) ** Number on object looks like 543**

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription

Egyptian, Predynastic–Early Dynastic Period, Naqada II–Dyn. 1, 2960–2770 B.C., or earlier


Hierakonpolis, Egypt


Height x diameter: 7 x 6 cm (2 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster) or limestone?


The Ancient World


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