Ancient Near Eastern Bronze Abstract Faces Mace Head - 1000 BC

An extremely rare ancient Near Eastern figural bronze mace-head, dating to the 3rd-2nd Millennium BC.

The only such example we have seen on the market. The bronze mace head with cylindrical, ridged socket, bulbous body and blunt projections. The body of the mace decorated circumferentially with four standing stylized humans. The figures face out, with circular staring eyes and with prominent, angular noses and open mouths. The hands placed on hips/breasts with arms bowed.

The function of this rare weapon is mysterious. Possibly a weapon, elaborately decorated as a display of wealth, or alternatively a purely ceremonial piece, for carrying out sacrifice.

For a figure of similar style, identified as a female holding her breasts, see Moorey, Ancient Bronzes Ceramics and Seals, 1981, LA County Museum, p.26 fig.42.

Ancient Near Eastern Bronze Abstract Faces Mace Head - 1000 BC. An extremely rare ancient Near Eastern figural bronze mace-head, dating to the 3rd-2nd Millennium BC. The only such example we have seen on the market. The bronze mace head with cylindrical, ridged socket, bulbous body and blunt projections. The body of the mace decorated circumferentially with four standing stylized humans. The figures face out, with circular staring eyes and with prominent, angular noses and open mouths. The hands placed on hips/breasts with arms bowed. The function of this rare weapon is mysterious. Possibly a weapon, elaborately decorated as a display of wealth, or alternatively a purely ceremonial piece, for carrying out sacrifice. For a figure of similar style, identified as a female holding her breasts, see Moorey, Ancient Bronzes Ceramics and Seals, 1981, LA County Museum, p.26 fig.42.

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