Mace head fragment

Oval-shaped mace heads were typically used as weapons, but decorated examples like this one probably had a ceremonial function. 

Only part of the lower area of this badly damaged limestone mace head survives. 

If you rotate the object to look at the lower right side, you can see two rows of figures carved here. Both figures are moving from right to left and bringing offerings, most likely to a royal figure now missing. At the top, only the legs of walking figures remain, while below, bearded men with ponytails seem to be dancing. 

If you zoom in on the far right edge, you can see a partially obscured third figure, suggesting these figures are dancing or in procession.

  • Catalogue no: UC14898

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