A rare Egyptian Gabbro Mace Head, Pre-Dynastic Period, ca. early 4th millennium BCE
a rare disc-style mace head with 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
Dimensions: Diameter: 2 3/4 inches (7 cm)
Condition: Small ancient loss to striking edge, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. Presented on a museum-quality custom mount.
Provenance: European collection, collection number: N11298, published and sold at Bonhams, London, Antiquities, 1 May 2008, part of lot 430, thereafter a private American collection. Accompanied by an Art Loss Register Certificate.
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