The Monte Michele sceptre

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Amongst the objects that originally were placed on the wagon in the Monte Michele number 5 tomb, there was also a sceptre.

Example of sceptre in a Near East bas relief.
Example of sceptre
in a Near East bas relief.

It is quite an exceptional object, as it is the only sceptre definitely identified as such from Etruscan orientalizing tombs (late eighth – early sixth century BC.): similar examples have been found in the Near East, in Greece and on Cyprus

The sceptre was composed by a wooden stick, covered with silver sheets secured by silver pins, and by a bronze orb, decorated with iron inlays forming a series of Phoenician palmettos and a four-pointed star on its top. It was originally about 68 cm long and the diameter of the orb was of 4,5 cm.

The remains of the scepter as they are exhibit in the Villa Giulia Museum (photo: Villa Giulia Museum)
The remains of the sceptre as they are exhibit in the Villa Giulia Museum
(photo: Villa Giulia Museum)
Detail of the bronze orb decorated with iron inlays, in shape of Phoenician palmettos (photo: Villa Giulia Museum)
Detail of the bronze orb decorated with iron inlays, in shape of Phoenician palmettos
(photo: Villa Giulia Museum)

Its preservation state was good enough to allow a 3D reconstruction in Blender. This is the digitally restored object.

The digitally restored sceptre. Detail of the orb decoration.
The digitally restored sceptre. Detail of the orb decoration.
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