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Neolithic Stone Age Polished Ceremonial Axe - 3000 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,292) 99.7%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 391385930447 Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge A beautiful, rare Scandinavian Neolithic polished stone axe, dating to around 3000 – 2000 BC. Polished stone axes such as this striking piece were the masterpieces of the Neolithic world, representing the very highest standards of craftsmanship. This tool dates to the north-west European Neolithic, the period when societies across northern Europe began to adopt agriculture. The magnitude of the changes during this era cannot be overstated. The transition from hunter-gatherer societies towards a more sedentary, farm-oriented existence is one of the most critical moments in human history, ultimately enabling the rise of civilisation. It was stone axes that paved the way for this development, cutting down the ancient forests that had supported hunter gather societies for thousands of years and allowing the growth of crops and grazing animals. Given its extraordinary economic power in transforming the landscape and with it shaping and supporting life in the Neolithic, it is not surprising that the stone axe was revered and endowed with special status. Many highly polished stone axes of quite remarkable beauty have been found which were clearly never intended to be used as practical axes, but as decorative or ritual objects. This wonderful piece is just such an artefact. Height: 10 3/4 inches. Height mounted: 11 1/2 inches. Condition: Very good, minor restoration to the side of the axe, towards the end (restoring a percussion mark around an inch in diameter). Otherwise unrestored and an excellent example with a beautiful bronze base. Provenance: Deaccessioned from the Celtic & Prehistoric Museum, co. Kerry, Ireland. Purchased in the 1980s in Holland. According to writing on the axe it was found in Lolland, Denmark. Authenticity Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealer's Association, LAPADA, CINOA and the BNTA. We exhibit at major art fairs and have sold to museums and important collectors. All objects we sell are authentic as described. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. 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. All sales are subject to our terms and conditions, which can be found on our website, www.ArtAncient.com. As legitimate sellers, 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. inkfrog terapeak inkFrog Analytics

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