Pre-Columbian, Uruguay, east of modern Montevideo, Charrua Indians, ca. 14th to 15th century CE. An intriguing throwing weapon or perhaps a mace head carved by hand from porous grey stone with several conical projections extending from all surfaces. Stone weapons like this example were thrown at high speeds to ensure that maximum blunt-force damage was inflicted regardless of which projection(s) hit the target. Its multi-lobed design also enabled it to be secured to a length pole and used as a sturdy mace. Size: 4.5" W x 3.25" H (11.4 cm x 8.3 cm); 3.7" H (9.4 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Butterfield 2001
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Losses to parts of two lobes, with light erosion to and light encrustations within some pores. Light earthen deposits throughout. Small green sticker fragments indicate which feet are to be placed on the display stand.