Near Eastern Stone Ceremonial Macehead


A Near Eastern ceremonial macehead, carved from a mottled-grey polished stone. The macehead has a flattened spherical shape with a hollow shaft channel extending through its centre. The stone has a dark grey hue with areas of green colouring and white veins running across the surface. There are small scratches and areas of rougher textures over the exterior, consistent with age, and some earthly residue retained in the fine seams. There is also a thicker dusty grey coating around the interior of the shaft channel.

Date: Circa 3rd - 1st Millenium BC
Condition: Excellent Condition. Some earthly encrustation visible to the surface along with minor scratches consistent with age.

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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 in style, material 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.

Weight 377.7 g
Dimensions L 6.7 x W 4.7 cm



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