Hajar Sukhn from Syria

This smooth, black stone is marked as a "Hajar Sukhn" apparently meaning a "heating stone" because it is intended to be rubbed on the skin of a sick person. It was acquired in 1910 in Syria, as indicated by the labelling on the artefact itself. Stones such as this were also used as royal relics such as the Lia Fail Stone or the Stone of Destiny, and could contain footprints.
   

 

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