Bronze, C.1300 BC. 1 1/2" height. Cylindrical with conical spikes in three bands of five each. Just under 1" across the spikes. Excellent preservation for the period. Dating to the slavery of the Jews, these small maces which were mounted on cylindrical wood shafts, were used both at war, against infantry and domestically, where the most likely recipients of their impact were slaves. In many instances, slaves, particularly involved in royal work such as pyramid building, were wantonly dispatched with a single stroke as a lesson and incentive to other workers.