Model of Ceremonial Mace Head
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
In addition to commissioning new buildings, Egyptian kings occasionally claimed existing structures such as temples or palaces as their own.
The most common way for a king to do this was to substitute his own name for that of the original builder in the inscriptions. When a king commissioned a new structure, he buried objects in the four corners of the foundation to be certain that the gods would remember the true builder and that later kings could not find and reinscribe them. These so-called foundation deposits usually included plaques with the king’s name, as well as models of objects used to erect the building, such as grinders, hoes, and rockers needed to move large stones.
ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E.
2 1/4 x Diam. 1 15/16 in. (5.7 x 5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Pear-shaped mace head in dark blue faience. Surface decorated in manganese with lotus petals; small circle in manganese at top center. Cylindrical opening for attachment on base.
Condition: Intact. Scattered chips on upper body.
Model of Ceremonial Mace Head, ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E. Faience, 2 1/4 x Diam. 1 15/16 in. (5.7 x 5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 59.199.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.59.199.2_erg456.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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