Cypriot; Said to be from Kourion
Copper–based metal; 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.