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Ceremonial Horned Owl Mace Head

500 - 1000 CE
2 3/8 x 3 1/16 x 3 1/4 in. (6 x 7.7 x 8.2 cm)

Unknown, Greater Nicoya
Costa Rican

Object Type: Stonework
Medium and Support: Stone
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1971.17
Location: Currently on view
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Once mounted on a staff, this ceremonial mace head descended from a similar form originally used for war clubs. These symbolic weapons were usually found in high-status graves and identified the deceased as warriors capable of self-defense, or the defense of their clan. Mace heads were made by the thousands yet found to represent a finite number of species or types, the actual animal depicted may have been a distinguishing marker of a particular clan.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Schuman Gallery, Rochester; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1970

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