Bactrian Green Stone Mace Head

SKU OF.073
Circa

300 BC to 100 BC

Dimensions

3.73″ (9.5cm) high x 2.5″ (6.4cm) wide

Medium

Green Stone

Origin

Afghanistan

Gallery Location

UK


 

A small, ceremonial mace head. These items come in zoomorphic and geometric forms, as in the current case. It has taken the form of a heavy base with a socketed centre, and a chisel-shaped eminence on the other side. The surface is very smooth, achieved by polishing with abrasives over a long period of time. It is unlikely to have been used in battle and probably served a ritual, sceptre-like purpose in the hands of a member of the ruling elite.

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