Macehead - 900.2.109_4



Medium:Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 4000-3000 BC
Period: Predynastic Period
11.43 x 3.7 cm
Object number: 900.2.109
Not on view

This beautiful object is part of an ancient weapon.  With a good wooden handle it forms the kind of club known as a mace.  Such weapons are for close-up, hand-to-hand warfare, or for dispatching an injured enemy on the field. 

A mace is basically a stick or cudgel with a heavy weight at one end.  The simplicity of manufacture and of use have led to their being used from earliest times to the present.  Maces have been carried in many cultures as signs of authority and prowess.

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