Mace - inv. 2346
Arms and Armours
The club is one of the most ancient weapons of offence. Being clubbed to death with a mace used to be one of the legal forms of execution, along with hanging, inflicted on those who weren't high-born. Sixteenth-century steel maces came in two forms: with the head flanged or spherical, often bristling with spikes.They were mailny used in battle to strike the chainmails, although rarely breaking them open, and thus causing major bone fractures This example is richly decorated with “damascened” gold foliage (with gold applied to a specially prepared ground). The decorative models are Milanese ones from the mid-sixteenth century.