the heavy discoidal form pierced longitudinally for attachment to a wooden shaft, the exterior polished to a smooth finish.
Background: The mace is a basic hand-held weapon, halfway 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 King Scorpion and King Narmer of Dynasty 1.
Literature: For a mace head of similar form, cf. Sir W.M. Flinders Petrie, Prehistoric Egypt, pl.XXVI, no.52
Condition: Evidence of use with three small chips to the lower edge, otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall. Custom mounted.
Dimensions: Diameter: 7.5 cm (3 inches)
Provenance: Private Virginia collection, acquired from the London auctions, 2011, ex French private collection, J Mortier, formed circa 1950’s-1970’s.