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A long, thin grey metal pole with a metal orb at the top end.

A long, thin grey metal pole shown vertically on a white background. It has a decorated metal orb at the top end. IThe orb has a rounded band around the middle with thick vertical lines on the top and bottom. There is a small ball at the very top. The bottom of the pole is slightly thicker in width.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Mace with Spherical Head
Weapons and Ammunition
Work Type
17th-18th century
Creation Place: South Asia
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Physical Descriptions

77 cm (30 5/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1999 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Object was part of long-term loan to Museum in 1999.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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The mace consists of a large, spherical, steel head that features a thick, embossed, decorative band with scalloped edges running around the middle. The head is also divided into six segments by riveted and embossed vertical bands. At the top of the mace head is a band with a scalloped edge. The finial is molded into an abstract lotus shape. The head is hollow and has small beads within that create a rattling sound. It is welded to the haft, which is made of a single piece of solid steel. It thickens at the grip which is separated from the rest of the haft by three embossed, thick bands. The haft terminates into a small, roughly-chiseled knob.

Exhibition History

  • Arabesque, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/01/1990 - 03/24/1991
  • An Imperial Vision. The Art of Mughal India, 1526-1658, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/17/1992 - 12/06/1992
  • Arts of Empire: Mughal India, 1526-1705, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/17/1992 - 12/13/1992
  • A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 06/08/2000 - 09/03/2000

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