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European Bronze Age Looped Socketed Bag Axe - 900 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,305) 99.6%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 201018859863 A rare, striking and attractive Bronze Age bronze socketed bag axe, dating to around 900 B.C. This piece is in beautiful condition, and stands as one of the best preserved examples of its type. The axe is of a form prevalent between 1000 - 800 B.C. across Europe, with curved blade edge, oval socket and loop. In antiquity, a wooden handle would have inserted into the bag-shaped socketed end and would have been held in place by a cord which would have been threaded through the metal loop. Axes such as this would have been used to clear the forests of early Europe for human habitation. They could also be used in battle and for religious purposes, as dedications. Indeed, these axes are often found in hoards throughout central Europe, where they are believed to have served a votive function. They were often deposited in rivers, springs and bogs, likely because of connections with a watery underworld. Who exactly the gods of ancient European people were at this time is not known, but attention has been drawn to a series of carved wooden figures from wetland contexts across Europe that may be representations of divine beings. This fascinating piece encapsulates many aspects of ancient European life, from ritual and religious behaviours to the development of the crucial bronze working industry. Length: 2 5/8 inches Condition: Excellent. In wonderful condition for a piece of its age and type, unrestored and with a beautiful olive green patina. Provenance: An extremely well provenanced piece, from the collection of James Curle (1862-1944) of Melrose, Scotland, and thence by descent. Although a lawyer by profession, Curle was an accomplished amateur archaeologist and his name remains one of the most famous in the field of Romano-British Archaeology, having excavated and published extensively in the early 1900's. From 1888-1903 Curle acquired the most magnificent collection of Nordic antiquities outside Scandinavia, eventually selling most of his pieces to the British Museum in 1921. The Curle collection in the British Museum has been the subject of numerous publications and remains an important reference point for scholars of prehistoric Nordic artifacts. ArtAncient Ltd. is pleased to have acquired almost all the remaining pieces from the Curle collection, unsold in 1921, retained by his family and with a provenance dating back almost a century. For a full biography of the man, see an impressive piece in the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2002. For parallels please see: Antiquities from Europe and the Near East in the collection of the Lord McAlpine of West Green. Page 104-105. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine

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