Very Rare Large Decorated Anglo-Norse Viking Mace Head - Cast Copper-Alloy EF. Century AD: North Norfolk Coast. Height 6.2 cm: width 6.2 cm: weight 480 grams. Maces and other blunt trauma weapons such as cudgels were always a popular side arm in medieval armies: The cast metal heads survive in some number, but they are seldom closely datable.
This is an extremely fine example of its type: a large, heavy and decorated Norse mace head: The aperture has an internal diametre of 3.1cm and this would allow a good-sized pole to sit within. This is a symmetrically cast item with a double-collar below and above The central section is cast with four small triangular studs around which, we see four sets of linear granulated decorations: To the centre, one larger [2 cm] triangular stud is seen, this arrangement repeats four times, one to each face of the square: This is a heavy weapon at nearly ½ kilogram and its use in a melee battle scene would have been highly effective against shield and amour alike. Reference: British Artefacts: Volume 3 Late Saxon, Viking and Norman: [Hammond.B] Page 78: Fig: 1.8.6-a, Fig. 1.8.6-b for similar material. Of museum display quality with a wonderful rich copper-alloy patination tone to all surfaces. The mace head was recovered in a agricultural setting not far from the village of Burnham Deepdale in 1988: The location is only one mile from the North Sea coast. The item "Very Rare Large Decorated Anglo-Norse Viking Mace Head Cast Copper-Alloy EF" is in sale since Wednesday, May 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antiquities\British". The seller is "ancientpasts" and is located in Peterborough. This item can be shipped worldwide.