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Mace
  • Mace
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1550
  • Steel and gold, russeted and fire-gilded
  • Length: 43.3 cm, haft
    Weight: 1.67 kg
  • A979
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Mace, the head set with eight triangular-shaped flanges, surmounted by a small knob; tubular steel haft of octagonal section for the upper half; long grip with circular mouldings and partly fluted spirally at the base. It is pierced for a leather thong or cord; the entire surface richly decorated with an arabesque of conventional foliage fire-gilt on a blued ground, the grip decorated with bands of scale-pattern. On the flanges the areas to be fire-gilded were first etched to produce a sunken area to accept the gold.

    North Italian (Milanese), about 1550.

    Exhibited: Manchester Art Treasures, 1857.

    J. B. Waring, Art treasures of the United Kingdom from the Art Treasures Exhibition, Manchester, Vol. II, pI. 14, no. 4 (Meyrick).

    Provenance: William Meyrick.