This beautifully designed scepter, decorated with the heads of four ibexes and a ram, has become a symbol of the Chalcolithic Period. Produced with the innovative "lost-wax" technique, it was found in a hoard of hundreds of ritual objects hidden in a cave in the Judean Desert. The hoard apparently came from the nearby sanctuary at En Gedi. The scepter was mounted on a pole and probably carried during processions held in or near the sanctuary.
Treasures of the Holy Land, Ancient Art from the Israel Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1986
3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015