Head of a Ceremonial War Hammer

possibly Italian or French

Not on view

War hammers were carried as a sidearm by armored cavalrymen for much of the sixteenth century and generally have a hammer-like head opposite a spike or beak: one designed to strike a concussive blow, much like a mace, and the other to pierce or puncture. This example, although entirely of steel, is a ceremonial or symbolic weapon, distinguished by its extensive and exceptionally fine chiseled decoration.

Head of a Ceremonial War Hammer, Steel, possibly Italian or French

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