ALBASTER STONE MACE-HEAD
Egypt, Pre-dynastic; Naqada II or III, c. 3600 - 3100 B.C.
Rounded-shaped alabaster stone mace-head with cylindrical drill hole in the center. Was once attached to a wooden shaft and used as a weapon to strike at an enemy
Height: 5 cm
Diameter: 6 cm
Height on stand: 13 cm
The mace head is nicely mounted on a plexi-glass display stand
Condition: Good condition as shown.
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A mace is a blunt weapon, a type of club or virge—that uses a heavy head on the end of a handle to deliver powerful blows. A mace typically consisted of a strong, heavy, wooden or metal shaft, often reinforced with metal, featuring a head made of stone, copper, bronze, iron, or steel.
A rounded pear form of mace head known as a "piriform" replaced the disc mace in the Naqada II period of pre-dynastic Upper Egypt (3600-3250 BC) and was used throughout the Naqada III period (3250-3100 BC). Similar mace heads were also used in Mesopotamia around 2450-1900 BC. The Assyrians used maces probably about 19th century B.C. and in their campaigns; the maces were usually made of stone or marble and furnished with gold or other metals, but were rarely used in battle unless fighting heavily armored infantry.