EX1410

An Egyptian Indurated Limestone Mace Head, PreDynastic Period, ca 3500-3200 BC

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.

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