Bronze shepherd's crook

Period: Late Cypriot III

Date: ca. 1200–1050 B.C.

Culture: Cypriot

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 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.