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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...

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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

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

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Axes, Maces, Clubs