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Ceremonial mace, probably for the “giuoco del Ponte”

Italy (perhaps Pisa) (1700s)

Formed of 1 piece of wood, except for flanges which are glued. Head is of 8 triangular plain flanges, surmounted by conical, octagonal-section finial with short necked base below. At base of flanges is molded turn from which extends octagonal-section haft, pierced transversely near the bottom. Base of haft finished as divided octagonal ferrule. Cylindrical grip cut in trellis-work of diamond-shaped checkering & terminates in squat, onion-shaped truncated knob. Painted reddish-brown overall, on gessoed ground.