Topping a club with a stone or metal head creates a mace. Prehistoric mace heads typically survive, although the wooden shafts that bore them often do not. Many mace heads were fancifully and elaborately carved, and metal ones were often designed to be far more aesthetically pleasing than their function required. When new, they no doubt glistened brightly.
The mace makes a deadly close-combat weapon, but it seems to have had particular appeal as a symbol of authority. Egyptian pharaohs are often depicted wielding maces. In some cultures, it has even evolved into a wholly symbolic ornamented staff known as a scepter. Consider that today, the Queen of England holds the morphed, jewel-encrusted cousin of what was once a formidable weapon.