Near Eastern Ceremonial Macehead

£ 550.00

An ancient Near Eastern red veined marble ceremonial macehead of a spherical form.

Date: Circa 3rd – 1st Millennium BC
Provenance: From the Gottfried and Helga Hertel collection, Cologne, acquired prior 1995.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact.
Product Code: NES-36
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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. Mace Heads 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 across Mesopotamia.

Dimensions L 5 x H 3 cm
Region

Near East (Western Asiatic)

Stone

Marble

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