The first SSEA lecture of 2018 will take place on Friday, January 12, at 7pm in 5 Bancroft Ave, Toronto, on the Maces and Daggers from the ROM’s Egyptian Collection. We look forward to seeing you there!

R.S.V.P. here for the talk!


Carla Mesa Guzzo (University of Toronto)


Friday, January 12 at 7 pm


Room B142, Earth Sciences Building, 5 Bancroft Ave., University of Toronto campus


Among the ancient Egyptian weapons housed in the Royal Ontario Museum collections are a variety of maceheads and daggers. The martial and symbolic uses of maces and daggers have been discussed in the Egyptological literature more broadly, but only a few of the examples from the ROM have been published and rarely is anything known about their provenance. This presentation will examine a few of the Egyptian weapons at the ROM. It will delve into the history of the ROM collections themselves and attempt to piece together the stories of these objects. Working from the sometimes sparse information available for each object, as well as by examining similar examples, an attempt will be made to uncover what the origins of these pieces were and what their potential uses may have been.

Speaker Bio

Carla Mesa Guzzo is a 3rd Year PhD student at the University of Toronto’s Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Department. During the course of her volunteer work at the Royal Ontario Museum she has researched and catalogued a variety of objects from ancient Egyptian games, to Meroitic glass. Her primary focus, however, has been on the ancient Egyptian weaponry in the ROM’s collections.

(Photos courtesy of Carla Mesa Guzzo)


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