This is a RARE and COMPLETE, UNBROKEN stone ring mace head. It was fashioned out of granite and dates to the African Neolithic Capsian culture of Northwest Africa. Stone ring mace heads have always been a scarce artifact of the Capsian Neolithic and finding a specimen that is unbroken has always been difficult. While some may consider these artifacts "bracelets", many are too large with too small a hole to be worn as such. At this time in Africa's history, Neolithic warfare was known and no weapon would have been more intimidating and deadly as a heavy striking club fitted with a stone ring mace head like this example. While we have offered a large variety of exceptional Capsian Neolithic tools and artifacts over the past two decades, this is the first time we have offered an unbroken stone ring mace head. This NEOLITHIC OF CAPSIAN TRADITION artifact was found on an exposed African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert in Northwest Africa. It was made and used by African Neolithic humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) between 8,500 and 6,500 years ago.
Ground of a single piece of granite stone, the interior was left crude likely to offer a better grip from sliding against a wooden shaft handle. The outer profile tapers to an edge making it strong yet, with a sharp edge for breaking bones and crushing a skull.
The entire surface is free from any modern alterations or grinding, and exhibits a rich wind-polished patina with microscopic mineral and sediment deep in all microscopic crevices - traits only found in authentic specimens.
WARNING: Many large stone African Neolithic artifacts have become scarce in today's market. Their size have made them easy to spot by nomads and most of the Northern Sahara has been picked clean of these Neolithic artifacts over the past 20 years. In Morrocco, the trade in fakes is astonishing plentiful, preying on those visiting thinking they are "buying at the source". In the western world auctions, online sellers, artifact shows and especially on Ebay, fakes dominate the market. In our travels to North Africa as far back as 15 years ago, we saw a tremendous quantity of convincing fakes being produced for the collector market. Deal only with highly knowledgeable and reputable sellers who offer a written guarantee of authenticity with no conditions or expiration time, as we do!