A good and unusual 19th Century Sudanese Mahdist period mace
A good and unusual 19th Century Sudanese Mahdist period mace, the head being a 13th Century pottery grenade with incised decoration and a dark brown glaze. The wooden haft is covered with leather.
Overall length 19" (48.5cms)
Such pottery containers have been found throughout the Muslim world, most frequently in a 13th Century context, and this one is almost certainly Mamluk. 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.