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Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded, and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

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1939,1010.160

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Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone. Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a). Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces. Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded, and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

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  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded, and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

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  • Copper alloy mount in the form of a stag, once mounted onto iron ring 1939,1010.205.b, which was affixed to the terminal of whetstone or sceptre 1939,1010.160. The stag is modelled naturalistically in the round, with two ears and a pair of antlers, each with tines (some damaged), on top of the head. Both forelegs and hindlegs are modelled together, forelegs straight and hindlegs slightly bent.

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  • 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.

    Group of Objects

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded, and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

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  • 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. 
Image of historical reconstruction. Anglo saxon warrior holding a replica of the Sutton Hoo whetstone.

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  • Copper alloy strip from cage from one lobed terminal of stone; ridged strip with 2 curved projections.Image of historical reconstruction. Anglo saxon warrior holding a replica of the Sutton Hoo whetstone.

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  • Copper alloy strip from cage from one lobed terminal of stone; ridged strip with 2 curved projections.Image of historical reconstruction. Anglo saxon warrior holding a replica of the Sutton Hoo whetstone.

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  • Copper alloy strip from cage from one lobed terminal of stone; ridged strip with 2 curved projections.

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  • Copper alloy strip from cage from one lobed terminal of stone; ridged strip with 2 curved projections.Image of historical reconstruction. Anglo saxon warrior holding a replica of the Sutton Hoo whetstone.

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  • Copper alloy strip from cage from one lobed terminal of stone; ridged strip with 2 curved projections.Image of historical reconstruction. Anglo saxon warrior holding a replica of the Sutton Hoo whetstone.

    Full: Front

  • 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.

    Full: Front

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Full: Front

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Full: Front

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Full: Front

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Full: Front

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

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  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Detail: Other

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Detail: Other

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Detail: Other

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Detail: Other

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Detail: Other

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Detail: Other

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Detail: Other

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Detail: Other

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Detail: Other

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

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  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Full: Front

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Detail: Other

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Full: Front

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Full: Front

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Full: Front

  • Stone sceptre or whetstone comprising a four-sided stone bar of hard, fine-grained grey stone.  Each end of the bar tapers to form a 'neck', and ultimately terminates in a carved, lobed knob, roughly onion-shaped and originally painted red. Each knob is enclosed by a cage of copper alloy ridged strips. At one end (interpreted as the bottom), the cage consists of six strips and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of copper alloy. The cage at the other end (interpreted as the top) consists of eight copper alloy strips surmounted by an iron ring (see 1939,1010.205.b), upon which is mounted a copper alloy stag (see 1939,1010.205.a).  Immediately below each knob are four human masks carved in relief, one on each of the stone bar's four faces.  Each mask is different; three are clearly bearded and five are either beardless or bearded with an exposed chin. The masks are approximately triangular in shape, ending in curved oval terminals. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth and show very little trace of wear.

    Full: Front