Mace handle with leather hafting

Predynastic Period, Naqada I
3850–3650 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Khor Bahan, Cemetery 17, Grave 88


Overall (largest wooden fragment): 10.4 x 5.6 cm (4 1/8 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Leather, ceramic, and wood

Not On View


The Ancient World


Axes, maces, clubs

This includes many fragments of leather, wood, and ceramic. There are 5 ceramic fragments that are cone-shaped and have crimp marks on the base. There are also fragments of wood with small strips of leather wound around them and other wood and leather fragments. They were found in a wooden box with “17/88 MACE HAFT” written on the lid in bright orange chalk. On the end of the box “Cem 17/88 Mace handles” was written in black ink.


Bahan. (ASN 17/88). 1907: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition for the Archaeological Survey of Nubia; awarded to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Archaeological Survey of Nubia