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Bactrian Green Stone Mace Head - OF.073
Origin: Afghanistan
Circa: 300 BC to 100 BC
Dimensions: 3.73" (9.5cm) high x 2.5" (6.4cm) wide
Collection: Near Eastern Art
Medium: Stone

Location: Great Britain
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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. - (OF.073)


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