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LOT 0347

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GBP (£) 200 - 300
EUR (€) 230 - 350
USD ($) 250 - 370

Sold for (Inc. bp): £234

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VIKING AGE BROAD AXEHEAD
9TH-12TH CENTURY A.D.

A hand-forged iron axehead with triangular-section blade widening to a broad bevelled edge with curved chin, socket with flanges to the rear. 5 3/4 in. (485 grams, 14.5 cm). Very fine condition, professionally cleaned, conserved and restored. [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
Property of a London businessman, from his grandfather's collection formed after World War II; thence by descent 1972.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Sedov, B.B., Finno-Ugri i Balti v Epokhi Srednevekovija, Moscow, 1987, pl.CXXIV, item 7, pl.XC, item 27.

FOOTNOTES:
The more commonly used weapons of the Finno-Ugrian people were axes, commonly found in all Finnic areas, as well as spears. Among Baltic-Finnic people, especially in Finland and Karelia, knives called 'puukko' were common, used in combination with axes, spears, flat bows and long bows.