Western Asiatic macehead

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AR3058A
Heavy stone head of a mace with a depressed globular shape. Beautiful whitish brown hardstone. From the Early Bronze Age of Western Asia.
Object: Western Asiatic macehead

Material: Whitish brown hardstone.

Period: Late 4th to early 3rd Millenium BC.
Early Bronze Age of Western Asia.

Description:    Heavy stone head of a mace with a depressed globular shape. The head has a central drill hole for attaching it to a wooden shaft. Nicely polished aged surface.

Dimensions: Approx. 55mm height and approx. 40mm to 65mm diameter (oval).

Condition: Perfect condition, only minor wear, still marvelous condition considering the age of this macehead. Nice patina and light earthen deposits.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2020 from the US-Amercian art market. Previously in a US-Amercian private collection. Acquired into the collection in 2005 from Sotheby's New York, auction June 7th, lot no. 122 (group). Previously in a German private collection since approx. 1980.

References: Cf. B. Muhle, Vorderasiatische Keulen und ihr Umfeld vom 9. bis ins frühe 1. Jt. v. Chr., p. 331, 0115a).

Literature: A short paragraph on maces can be found in the classic H. Bonnet, Die Waffen der Völker des Alten Orients.
Western Asiatic maces specifically is the topic of the more recent and comprehensive thesis by B. Muhle, Vorderasiatische Keulen und ihr Umfeld vom 9. bis ins frühe 1. Jt. v. Chr. (University of Munich).

Authenticity: We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every artefact, all items are subject to our lifetime return policy on authenticity.