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An Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Serpentine Mace-Head, ca 3500-3200 BC
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An Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Serpentine Mace-Head, ca 3500-3200 BC

the heavy spherical form pierced longitudinally for attachment to a wooden shaft, the exterior polished to a smooth finish.

A mace is a basic hand-held weapon, half-way between a club and a hammer. Symbols of military might, Egyptian iconography is rife with depictions of Egyptian leaders smiting enemies with a mace, and some of the earliest tangible documentation of Dynastic Egypt was provided by ceremonial mace-heads, such as that of the King Scorpion and King Narmer of Dynasty 1.

Exhibited:  Michael C Carlos Museum, Emory University, deaccessioned 2014.

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall.

Dimensions: Height: 6.35 cm (2.5 inches)   Diameter: 7.62 cm (3 inches) 

Provenance: Private NY collection, acquired from the London trade in the late 1980's, thereafter on museum loan.

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