Cypriot; Said to be from Kourion
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874-76 (74.51.5570)
This work is one of six known pieces that are described as shepherd's crooks or scepters, although it is the only one with a tip curved to form a scroll. Its straight shaft is tubular, with a slit near the lower part and rivet holes, one on either side. The construction suggests that it was originally attached to a wooden shaft or rod. The place of origin of this shepherd's crook may be Cyprus, though its form could be Aegean inspired.