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Inca Copper Mace Head, 6 Point Star

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Inca Copper Mace Head, 6 Point Star

Peru, Inca, 14th-15th c CE. This star-shaped, solid copper mace head would have been attached to a warrior's helmet to highlight his ferocity or mounted on a handle and swung to inflict wounds. While other weapons such as arrows were employed for hunting as well as warfare, maces were solely used during war, indicative of the ancient Andean penchant for formalized aggression. The density of these weapons made them particularly lethal. Nevertheless, beyond their violent purpose, Inca star maces exhibit the indigenous Peruvian's appreciation of aesthetics as well. This seamless blending of beauty and deadly force is both ironic and awe-inspiring. 3.75"D Intact, slight wear at tips from use - possibly into a Spaniards helmet?. Near choice.

Provenance: Private Scottsdale, AZ collection

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