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Rua Conde Dom Henrique

4800-412 Guimarães


Author: Unknown
Origin: Unknown
Dating: 15th century
Material: Wood & Bronze
Dimensions (cm): 65 x Ø 8,4
Weight: 580 g
Inv. no.: PD1056 / MAS 290 / A.G. 1

A flanged mace composed of a hollow piece of bronze from which stem eight blunt triangular blades. It is attached to a wooden rod, covered with leather, whose adorned bottom is finished in brass plate.

Maces appeared in the 12th century with great offensive abilities. During the 13th and 14th centuries, the heads of these weapons tended to be enlarged and to be equipped with pegs or spikes, usually triangular and radially arranged.

Although maces lacked the ability of piercing through the opponents’ defences, a blow from a mace was fearsome. In fact, this was one of the factors that led to the transition from chain mails to plate armours.

Ultimately, maces assumed a great symbolic value and are represented ichnographically in association with those in charge with the administration of Power or Justice.

Objeto museológico (PDB)