Seven-Flanged Mace

Seven-Flanged Mace

c. 1540-1550

Gilded russet steel; with chiseled foliate decoration

Support: Chisled foliate decoration

Overall: 64.5 cm (25 3/8 in.); Head: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1589

Description

The mace was primarily a weapon for mounted warriors in both actual combat and courtly contests. For this reason it was regarded as a knightly weapon. Arming oneself with a mace had gradually taken on significance among the nobility and commanding officers. It eventually came to be considered a badge of rank, as this decorated example certainly was, to be carried by its owner in parades and other ceremonial occasions.

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