A good and unusual 19th Century Sudanese Mahdist period combined mace and pair of daggers
A good and unusual 19th Century Sudanese Mahdist period combined mace and pair of daggers incorporating a 13th Century pottery grenade head with incised decoration and a dark brown glaze. Such pottery containers have been found throughout the Muslim world, most frequently in a 13th Century context, and this one is almost certainly Mamluk. The shaft is covered in the skin of a monitor lizard, as are the dagger handles, the daggers are contained in a sheath made from the monitor lizard itself. Excellent age patina. For an account of these pottery grenades, see D. Nicolle "Arms & Armour of the Crusading Era 1050-1350-Islam, Eastern Europe and Asia" London 1999.
Overall length 21" (53.4cms)