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Ancient European Bronze Age Axe - 2300 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,479) 99.4%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291751157230 Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge A rare ancient European bronze age flat axe of early form, dating to around 2300 - 2000 BC.This Bronze Age axe is of striking form, with subtly curved blade edges tapering into a long neck. Its style suggests it dates to the Mount Pleasant phase of the early Bronze Age. It was during this period that metalworking grew from its early stages into a widespread industry, initially using copper and gold but with bronze working appearing at the end. The distinctive form is complemented by an attractive deep green patina.This axe would have been forged by an itinerant craftsman, who would have travelled long distances across the forests and farmland of ancient Europe to sell these most treasured of items. Cast from a simple two pieced stone mold, the axe would have then been hammered into shape. Flat stone anvils and hammers are known from the graves of craftsmen dating from this period. Much early metalwork, like flintwork, required other materials to make the complete item. Bone and wooden handles for daggers and axes, and leather sheaths for edged tools would have been common, although largely now lost to us.Given its size, this axe is likely to have been used as a hand held tool, though it may have ultimately ended up being used in a religious context, as a dedication. Indeed these artefacts were often deposited in rivers, springs and bogs, likely because of connections with a watery underworld. Who exactly the gods of Northern 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 Britain that may be representations of divine beings.This fascinating piece encapsulates many aspects of Bronze Age life, from ritual and religious behaviours to the birth of the crucial bronze working industry. Length: 7 1/2 inchesCondition: Exceptional condition, intact and with no restorations. Beautiful old collection patina. Provenance:Ex. Collection of C. F. Funes, NYC, acquired 1960s-1980s.Frank Funes served in the US army special forces in his early life, subsequently developing a passion for weaponry, particularly Japanese "samurai" swords and late militaria. ArtAncient Limited purchased the majority of ancient weaponry from the Funes collection. 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, 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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