Antique 17th century Indo - Persian or Turkish Ottoman Islamic Mace Topuz
Antique, 17th century, Indo - Persian or Turkish Ottoman Islamic double-headed combat mace "Topuz."
The mace is made of very well hand-forged steel, formed of two massive bulbous heads divided by a central ring.
The lower head has projecting chiseled, ridged vertical flanges, and the upper head is of compact form, chiseled with a zigzag pattern within double rings and punched dots.
Flanked at the bottom and top with rosettes and surmounted with faceted steel of square section adorned with an incised pattern. With an integral faceted steel socket with wooden haft fastened by two screws.
The mace makes a rattling sound when shaken since the hollow steel socket has a substance inside, which makes a rattling sound.
The mace was established in the Islamic world and Eastern and Central Europe as a symbol of office from at least the 15th century, carried by commanders as a symbol of rank and a sign of officer authority.
The lower head is very similar in form to the 17th-century Hungarian maces.
CONDITION: Good condition for its age. It shows age and use, well preserved for an antique combat mace that is over 300 years old.
Overall length: 64 cm (17.7 inches)
Over-length of the head with socket: 21.5 cm (6.5 inches)
Width of the head: 5.3 cm (2.3 inches)
WEIGHT: 542 grams (1.2 pounds)