Macehead

Roman
Late Imperial Period
about A.D. 300 or later


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 593; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.1335

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Axes, maces, clubs

The circular, tube-shaped object is hollow from end to end, to fit over a wooden or metal shaft, ( missing ). There are fifteen solid spikes, the top row curving downwards to form a series of claws. On the body there are two rows of rinceau decoration, between single and double fillets in relief. At either end are collars to aid in securing the bronze macehead to its shaft. Black patina with green encrustation.

Provenance

By date unknown: Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA, November 10, 1965

Credit Line

Edward Jackson Holmes Collection