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whetstone / sceptre

Stone sceptre or whetstone of square section  The ends terminate in lobed knops painted red, each knob enclosed by a cage of bronze ridged strips. At one end, the cage has six strips, and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of bronze.  The cage at the other end has eitht bronze strips.. This was surrmounted by the bronze stag (1939,1010.205.a) mounted on the iron ring (1939,1010.205.b). Immediately below each knob, on each of the four faces, are carved human masks in relief, with hair and beards radiating outward. They are approximately triangular, ending in curved oval terminals. Each of the masks is different.  All faces of the stone are extremely smooth.

Stone sceptre or whetstone of square section The ends terminate in lobed knops painted red, each knob enclosed by a cage of bronze ridged strips. At one end, the cage has six strips, and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of bronze. The cage at the other end has eitht bronze strips.. This was surrmounted by the bronze stag (1939,1010.205.a) mounted on the iron ring (1939,1010.205.b). Immediately below each knob, on each of the four faces, are carved human masks in relief, with hair and beards radiating outward. They are approximately triangular, ending in curved oval terminals. Each of the masks is different. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth.

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