The bulawa (Latin spelling: buława; Cyrillic, булава ) is a ceremonial mace or baton. The word is of Ancient Slavic language - "the cone" origin.

Historically the buława was an attribute of a hetman, an officer of the highest military rank (a Field or Grand Hetman of Poland, or of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; and the Kosh Otaman of Ukraine) or the military head of a Cossack state.

In Slavic languages, a buława or bulava is a mace or a club, in both the military and ceremonial senses. The bulava was part of the Cossack Kleinody that were awarded by Poland's King Stefan Batory to the Zaporizhian Host.

Hetmans typically added an image of a buława to their coats of arms.

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