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Near Eastern/Egyptian Marble Mace Head


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1268083
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This striking piece is a hard stone mace head that dates to the Predynastic Period, circa 3200 B.C. This piece is approximately 2.3 inches high, and is pear shaped. This piece has a bow drilled hole that runs through the center of the piece, and was connected to a wooden staff. This piece is made from a beautiful multi-colored hard stone, and looks to be a combination of light brown marble and light to dark green serpentine. There is some spotty hardened white calcite deposits seen on sections of the piece, and this piece has no cracks and/or chips and is in superb to mint "as found" condition. This piece is also typical of the mace heads that have been found in Egypt and the ancient Near East, and it is also possible that this piece is votive, as well as having been used during the lifetime of the warrior that owned this weapon. This piece also has some weight to it, and it surely was a formidable weapon for the period. This type of piece has also been classified for the type and period by J. Crowfoot Payne in "Catalog of the Predynastic Egyptian collection in the Ashmolean Museum", Oxford and New York, 1993, nos. 1251-1261. This piece has a high degree of eye appeal, although it is a simple shape. This piece also sits on a custom Plexiglas/wooden stand and can easily be removed. Ex: Private Swiss collection circa 1980's. Ex: Phoenix Ancient Art, Geneva and New York, Inv.#P33-040-102314. (Note: Additional documentation is available to the purchaser.) I certity that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition: