Late Imperial Period
about A.D. 300 or later
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 593; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).
Length: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
By date unknown: Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA, November 10, 1965
Edward Jackson Holmes Collection