Seller: artancientltd (9,440) 99.2%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291558336287 An exceptional Nordic boat axe, dating to approximately 1900 BC. One of the most iconic objects of the Neolithic age, with an outstanding provenance. The axe of eponymous boat like form, with central perforation for a wooden pole. A delicately carved weapon, surely intended for ceremonial or votive purposes. Very little art survives from the European Neolithic age; boat-axes such as this are therefore much admired and sought after works that demonstrate the skill of the Nordic craftsmen. Height: Length: 8 1/4 inches Width: Condition: Unrestored, intact. Mounted on a beautiful bronze base. Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Lars Otto Johan Holst (1863-1936), a veterinary surgeon who was active in Ronneby, southern Sweden from around 1887. Mr. Holst took a strong interest in the prehistory of ancient Scandinavia and he obsessively acquired throughout his career, forming one of the most magnificent collections of early Stone Age artefacts. He obtained these objects from around Ronneby, partly through gathering himself, and partly as payment for work done in his service as a vet between 1887 - 1929. Please note that the new purchaser will be provided with a copy of two photographs showing Mr. Holst in his office and his collection mounted on the wall. The new purchaser will also be provided with a colour image of the original board, where this artefact is clearly identifiable. Approximate region of origin: Authenticity Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealers 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. Our terms and conditions are available on request or 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.