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A thick disc with a deeply serrated edge and seven cut-out scroll patterns (one scroll seems to be missing) surrounding a central hole. Head of mace only.

Iconographic Meaning

Ring maces appear in depictions of men with arms and armour. They also appear as repeated devices in building roofs above important personages in Moche ceramics.


Vicus style, Early Intermediate Period, 200 B.C.E.-300 C.E. The mace head would have had a wooden shaft inserted in the central hole. Numerous Moche and Vicus ceramics depict figures with maces and other arms and armour. Maces of this type have been recorded from Vicus (Disselhoff). Cast objects from Vicus are sometimes copper or gilt copper (Jones; Lechtman).

Item History

  • Made in between 201 BCE and 300
  • Collected between 1949 and 1966
  • Owned by Anonymous before May 4, 1981
  • Received from Anonymous (Donor) on May 4, 1981

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