Near Eastern Ceremonial Macehead

£ 400.00

A very fine Near Eastern ceremonial macehead carved from a striking,  dappled grey granite. The mace head has a tapered shape, with a convex top and conical body. A channel runs through the length of the piece and has circular openings at either end. The polished stone has a beautiful natural pattern, with black, white, and grey tones. There are some earthly encrustations over the piece and a thicker grey residue coating the interior of the channel.

Date: Circa 3rd - 1st Millenium BC
Condition: Excellent Condition. There are some earthly encrustations over the piece and a thicker grey residue coating the interior of the channel. There is a small chip near the channel opening on the top of the macehead.
Product Code: NES-176
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A macehead may have been mounted on a shaft as a symbol of rank, perhaps a derivative from a weapon of similar form. Throughout the ancient world, maceheads varied significantly, and we know of a great number with different styles and decorations. Maceheads may not only have served a purpose in warfare, but also in religious contexts. Indeed, maceheads played an important role as votive offerings in shrines and temples across ancient Mesopotamia.

To discover more about the Mesopotamian peoples and cultures, please visit our relevant post: Civilisations of the Ancient Near East.

Weight 410.7 g
Dimensions L 8.7 x W 6.2 cm
Region

Near East (Western Asiatic)

Stone

Granite

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