Answering the question “what is the strangest equipment used in the beginning?” takes a little attention.
Is this a large volume of brushes? Interestingly, more was deprived: Grandma’s formal living room from the South, curtains and pillows for pillows, or cakes for strippers working on Corridor Route 22/322 in Pennsylvania.
Or is it a hood of regalia and colors associated with certain disciplines? (As a fine art owner, I am offended that I have to wear brown. Why does music wear pink? Quite unfairly.) And everyone knows that master’s regalia sleeves have a clear practical advantage over doctor’s clothing sleeves. In the long recesses of the fabric there is room for keys, iPhone, Altoids and, if you dare, flasks (just remember the Jumbotron camera). The features of regalia alone may be another article.
So what is it? What’s the weirdest outfit in the beginning? Mace. A mace? What? What is it? Sister of spices for nutmeg? No, no, no. The mace is an ornate club – or some may describe it as a phallus-shaped object – that someone carried at the beginning of the procession. Knowing nods – so what is it? And more importantly, why?
The mace originated in the ancient Middle East, and its reflection can be seen in art that dates back thousands of years. In medieval and Renaissance Europe, maces were weapons to maintain order in the ranks and physically protect the ruler. Maces are now a symbolic remnant of the ruling power and authority, pointing to the need for peaceful, dignified service to the government or institution in the case of higher education. Used during official ceremonies such as the beginning, convocation and inauguration of the President, the mace is worn by a person of the highest rank in office, honor, election or longevity and position, such as President / Chancellor, Marshal of the Faculty, Chairman of the Faculty Senate, Faculty Lecturer long experience with a higher academic title or a student with the highest success.
Almost every higher education institution has a ceremonial mace with specific and unique to this institution. Usually the design of the mace refers to the institutional architecture, official seals and emblems, symbols, dates, mottos and founders. Typically, a mace consists of three parts: a tip, a head – sometimes several parts (often including a sphere, ball, flame, crown or box-shaped element) – and a rod. Finishes and heads are usually made of metal and may include inlays of enamel, semi-precious stones and ceramic medallions, but they can also be made of wood or acrylic. The shaft is usually tapered and can be inlaid with metal tape covering the surface with the end cut by a small handle.
Although institutional practices differ, traditions of wearing, handling, and storing the mace are maintained seriously and vigorously. When carrying the mace in the procession the bearer with both hands places the mace on the right shoulder (this is preferable, but some carry it in an upright position parallel to the body). When the carrier reaches the platform or stage, the mace is inserted vertically onto a stand near the podium. When the mace is not in use, the mace usually lies horizontally on its side in a display case located in a building that is considered a seat of power (usually in the president’s office or the boardroom of the Board of Trustees). Occasionally you can see retired clubs in the library or museum of the institution. Most institutional websites include a page with a picture of a mace and a description of its history and symbolism.
The cost of designing and making maces varies greatly depending on the institution’s choice of designer and materials. The cost can range from five to six figures with privately funded charitable donations.
European heraldry and royalties
Eccentric shapes and forms
The peaks are bigger than a human head
Long (five feet or more)
Heavy (over 20 pounds)
Send it to me photos of the mace of your educational institution, and maybe next year we will be able to make the best / worst mace competition in colleges and universities.