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Mace head

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Mace (or staff) head, remains of white cement inside, hollow of head filled out with black paste.

Provenance

From Nubia, Meroe (Beg. S.), Tomb 24. 1921: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 369–340 B.C.

Findspot

Meroe (Beg. S.), Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

a) diameter 5.1 cm (head), diameter 2.4 cm (bottom), H 5.9 cm, diameter 3.1 cm (ring around neck); b) diameter 5.0 cm (head), diameter 2.4 cm (bottom), H 5.6 cm, diameter 3.1 cm (ring around neck).

Accession Number

21-1-35a,b

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

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