Throw-stick, plate IV no. 42, Flinders Petrie, The Making of Egypt, p.13), 2 These interesting objects were found lying close to the hands of a man (5716), one on the top of the other. The wood was extremely light and the surface powdery; they were treated with celluloid solution and can now be handled. The upper one was complete, except for a small portion at the top. The upper part of the lower one is missing, and was not in the grave. They were therefore old and disused when buried, or possibly “killed.” The decoration consists of three rows of little dots down the centre of the whole length, and a border of chevrons along the edge of the handle. The dots are impressed rather than carved, as if a row of beads had been hammered on to the wood. Actual specimens of throw-sticks are rare. The next in date that I know of is one from Kahun (PETRIE, Kahun, pl. ix, 30). This is of similar form, but much larger, 174 ins. long compared with the 74 ins. of ours.
The throw-stick occurs as a hieroglyph, often in combination with the alighting duck (GARDINER, Egyptian Grammar, G41 p.472); and it is frequently seen in tomb paintings of fowling scenes. On the slate palette, British Museum 20790 (CAPART, Primitive Art, p.231) the hunters seem to carry throw-sticks in addition to the other weapons. On the Predynastic decorated vases, men also apparently carry them (ibid., p.118), but the most interesting representation is on the vase from El Amrah (MACIVER, El Amrah, pl. xiv, D46) of S.D. 50, where there are two men and one woman. One man holds two small angled sticks in one hand, and the other man also seems to hold two.