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Mace

Metal and velvet

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Ceremonial mace

This is a flanged mace, a type of weapon popular in eastern Europe during the Middle Ages, but it spread to western Europe as well as Asia. These maces also became popular in India, where they are known as gurz, and this particular mace may have originated there.

This mace, although it may originally have been made for war, seems to be for ceremonial use. This is because a hilt is attached to its handle, an unusual device for a mace unless it was needed to be held vertically more easily. This is further supported by how there is a velvet trim attached to the handle.

Museum object number REDMG : 1998.56.112

See related topic: World Collection: Belief

See related topic: World Collection: War and Hunting