An Egyptian Indurated Limestone Mace Head, Pre-Dynastic Period, ca. 3500 - 3200 BCE
EX2001Regular price $950 USD
The teardrop-shaped head pierced longitudinally for attachment to a wooden shaft, carved from a creamy indurated limestone.
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.
Dimensions: Height: 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm), Width: 1 7/8 inches (4.7 cm)
Condition: Surface pitting and cosmetic repairs to base otherwise in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private Virginia collection, acquired from the English trade in the early 2000s.