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Bronze mace head

Period:
Geometric
Date:
8th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 3/4 x 3in. (17.1 x 7.6cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5594
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The finned form of mace head represented by this example is considerably rarer than the cylindrical, scepter type. It is not known whether these symbols of authority were used by local rulers or by individuals who administered the island's metal resources and industries.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4768, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1813, p. 458, New York: Gilliss Press.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 269, pp. 164-5, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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