This is a RARE form of mace and has a stunning design similar to a royal scepter head. It is possible this mace was carried by a noble class warrior or chief. The outer rim features four large spherical knobs around the perimeter. The knobs make the mace very attractive AND they would have been very deadly-effective when striking an opponent. The large drilled hole shows a thickness that indicates this was an actual mace for war use, not to put on a thin shaft for ceremony. One side even has what appear to be battle damage. The whole surface is highly polished yet, loaded with traits that prove authenticity and ancient origin. Pieces like this are a perfect union of art and war and offer an interesting perspective into the "beauty" that was beheld in combat in this ancient period and culture. This mace head shows original iron and other mineral encrustations which are ONLY found in authentic and original specimens. Beware of the multitude of fakes that abound in the market and have for a very long time. This spectacular ancient Pre-Columbian striking weapon is an exceptional ancient weapon as well as a work of ancient art and skilled handcraft.
The Greater Nicoya Pre-Columbian Culture is an archaeological culture that prevailed in the area of Latin America comprising the far southwestern coastal region of Honduras, the far northwestern Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica and the Pacific side of coastal Nicaragua. This indigenous Indian culture thrived for many centuries before the first Spanish explorers made contact around 1500 A.D.. The people had no written language but spoke Nahuatl and had continual contact with the Aztec (Mexica) Indians of Central Mexico. The Gran Nicoya culture included many beautiful designs incorporating a variety of different mammals, reptiles and amphibians in effigy pieces. Their pottery is also known for complex glyph-like painted decorations. In the first 500 to 600 years A.D., resources became low as populations grew and warfare become increasingly evident. Tribes in this region practiced head-hunting and victim sacrifice in their warfare.