The Lady of the Spiked Throne
By: Stephanie Kelly
In 2009, Archaeologist Massimo Vidale was invited to examine an artifact that is currently held in a private collection. This items has been named ‘The Lady of the Spiked Throne’ due to the fact that it appears to be a Queen or Lady of importance on a Throne of spikes. Vidale was so intrigued with this item that he extensively studied it with all available resources that were at his disposal. He took an amazing amounts of detailed photos and produced articles concerning the study and findings of this item. Even with this detailed and scientific research there still has not been an explanation for this item.
To most people this just appears as a man made carving of multiple people in a cow, or bull, shaped boat and a King or Queen on a throne. To a well trained eye it is much more though. Vidale and his team all agreed that this item was in the shape of a boat or, more likely, a chariot and does appear to have a bull’s head at the front of it. Inside this chariot are at least 15 figures that were once painted yellow, red, and black. The figures that are believed to be men appear to be wearing a cone shaped garment or adornment on their necks and heads. The other figures that do not have these adornments are believed to be women and seem to be placed in the more powerful positions such as the end and beginning of each row. Under the canopy of the vessel is a woman on a throne. What is odd about this throne is that it appears to have spikes all around it, this is why it is referred to as ‘The Lady of the Spiked Throne.’
Massimo Vidale insists that this is a true and authentic clay artifact dating back to around 2700 BC and resembles that of the Mehrgarh and Naushahro civilizations that were found in Pakistan, Afghanistan and eastern Iran. He also believed that this was one of many artifacts that had been smuggled out of the war-torn area in the past decade. Vidale also offered thermoluminescence tests that appear to confirm that this is authentic and not a recreation.
Mr. Vidale’s theory on this object is that the chariot or vessel was meant to represent an event such as a ceremony or ritual that was to be held, or had been held, by the community that created it. He also notes that the placement and appearance of the figures in the boat are an example of the common hierarchy in most civilizations at that time and it would appear that, as you view the figures, the farther back you view, the more detail and time was put into the items. To help back up the dating of the piece, he notes that the feminine figures would fit with the typical ideology of the early societies in that time frame and probable location this artifact was discovered in.
There are still many questions concerning the Lady of the Spiked Throne and it is not clear if any more examinations will be allowed on it. Hopefully, with time, more information will come out or be made available about this amazing item. Until then, we are left with multiple questions: Where did it come from? What group or tribe created it? What does it represent?
Ancient Origins: The Lady of the Spiked Throne – http://www.ancient-origins.net/…/lady-spiked-throne-and-her…
The Lady Of The Spiked Throne: The power of a lost ritual by Massimo Vidale; published 2011, Department of Asian and North African Studies