When is a Mace Not a Mace : When it’s a Nutmeg

All real cooks know the difference and sameness of mace and nutmeg.

See video below.

But I’m using this spice to pose a question.

Why is Ibrahim (Abraham) Pasha – Suleiman the Magnificent’s right hand man – depicted holding a Cossack mace?

Or PERNACH to use the proper word.


pernach (Russian: перна́ч, Ukrainian: перна́ч or пірна́ч, pirnach, Polish: piernacz) is a type of flanged mace originating in the 12th century in the region of Kievan Rus’ and later widely used throughout Europe. The name comes from the Slavic word перо (pero) meaning feather, referring to a type of pernach resembling an arrow with feathering.

Among a variety of similar weapons developed in 12th-century Persian– and Turkic-dominated areas, the pernach became pre-eminent,[1] being capable of penetrating plate armour and plate mail.

A pernach or shestoper (Ukrainian: шестопeр, “six-feathered”) was often carried as a ceremonial mace of rank by certain Eastern European military commanders, including Polish magnatesUkrainian Cossack colonels and sotniks (cf. centurion).


Sulieman and Ibrahim were Turkish Muslims and the Cossacks were Russian Christians.

Heyho :o)

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