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Mace
  • Mace
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1550
  • Steel and gold, engraved
  • Length: 65.5 cm
    Weight: 1.5 g
  • Inscription: 'S.P.Q.R'
  • A981
  • Not on display
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  • Mace, the head set with seven flanges, with shaped edges and strong pointed projections at the middle, and is surmounted by a pyramidal knop. The calyx of the terminal knob, the edges, the reinforced points of the flanges, and the lower ferrule of the head have been gilt. Octagonal haft of bright steel with two small shields in low relief, engraved with a cross on a quatrefoil, and the Roman letters S.P.Q.R. (Senatus Populusque Romanus) on a bend of the quatrefoil. There is a hole for the cord or thong. The surface of the grip is worked with a diamond design in relief, the end spirally fluted, with bands of gilding on the moulding.

    North Italian, about 1550.

    Viollet-le-Duc VI, 200.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    A comparable mace is held by Pase Guarienti in his portrait formerly attributed to Paolo Veronese, dated 1556 (Verona, Museo di Castelvecchio, inv. no. 267).