Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Masterpieces of Stone Carving
During the Predynastic Period, Egyptians mastered the working of even the hardest stone.
They especially favored attractively colored stones, like the porphyry, breccia, and obsidian shown here. To create the mace head (war club) and jar in this case, an artisan laboriously ground and polished the stones with increasingly fine abrasives. A method called flaking—carefully applying pressure with another stone—produced the serrated obsidian object.
ca. 4000-3400 B.C.E.
Predynastic Period, Naqada I Period - early Naqada II Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Mace Head, ca. 4000-3400 B.C.E. Porphyry, 15/16 x 3 9/16 in. (2.4 x 9.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.873. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.07.447.873_erg3.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/21/2007
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