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The permanent exhibition of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

View of the sceptre-head in leopard spape
Head of a scepter in the shape of a leopard

This exquisite example of Neopalatial stone carving was discovered in the palace at Malia. It is a head for a scepter, shaped like a leopard in the front and like a double axe in the back. The animal is rendered in « flying gallop » - that is running with its front paws outstretched. The head is rendered with plasticity and liveliness, while the body is covered with incised four-part spirals, zig zags and circles representing fur. Around the neck and shoulders is a band with small vertical incisions. This scepter, which combines the two symbols of religious and political power of the Minoan kings, the axe and the leopard, is unique in its kind.

Exhibit Features
Date: Middle Bronze Age, 1650 - 1600 BC
Place of discovery: Malia, Palace
Dimensions: length: 0,148 m
Material: Schist
Inventory number: ΑΕ 2109
Exhibition hole: Hall IV
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
  Suggestive Bibliography
Ελληνική Τέχνη, Η αυγή της ελληνικής τέχνης, Αθήνα, 1994, αρ. 36, 168, 320
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