ANCIENT BAKTRIAN bronze mace head

$400.00

PAKISTAN, NORTHWEST FRONTIER, BAKTRIAN, mace head, circa 1000-300 BC, pomegranite or opium poppy shape on what to me is an improbably narrow lipped socket, bronze, 142x100mm, 977g, nicely preserved, F

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This was used as a weapon in the centuries before the arrival of Alexander the Great. Generally a mace would be used by a foot soldier, not a horseman.

The culture complex we currently term “Baktrian” (Bactrian), developed from the neolithic settlements of Eurasia in the area between the current Iran-Afghan border and Kashmir, more or less. Cities appeared somewhat later than the Indus cities of the south. The horse nomads bothered the locals several centuries before they impacted Indus lands. The late Baktrians resisted Alexander until he had to make a deal with one of them, marrying the king’s daughter, to get through Afghanistan.

Northwest Frontier Province was renamed Khyber Pakhtunwa in 2010.

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.