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Mace: O.121-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




This comprises a long, thin steel haft with a square-section butt spike, an eight-flanged head above which is a two-stage sub-cylindrical finial, and below which another cylinder. The upper section is partly covered with brass, possible splashed on when molten. The top part of the haft below the head has a series of twisted steel bars forged onto it

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Overall Length: 89.7 cm
Weight: 446 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by Taylor, Robert, MA


19th Century
Circa 1800 CE - 1879 CE


Taylor notes 'Weapon perhaps imperfect. As it exists now it is but a light mace ( ) with long iron shaft.’ It appears this was intended to fit inside a wooden haft. The head is comparable to a series of maces from Satara, Royal Armouries nos XXVIC.?? and Victoria and Albert Museum, one of which is recorded by Egerton as a lohangi kati from Indore (1880: 78 no. 8, fig. 15.8)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 121
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

Inscription present: adhesive

  • Text: 21
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.121-1879
Primary reference Number: 158437
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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