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LOT 0348

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

Sold for (Inc. bp): £195

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VIKING AGE SHORT-BLADED AXEHEAD
9TH-11TH CENTURY A.D.

A triangular iron axehead with domed face to the circular socket and lateral wings, the blade with curved lower edge and side grooves, flared socket with flanges above and below; Baltic workmanship. 7 1/4 in. (482 grams, 18.5 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, table XLIII, item 5.

FOOTNOTES:
The axe belongs to typical Ugrian-Finnish workmanship. Iron axeheads of this typology show a sub-trapezoidal asymmetrical blade, often perforated through the centre. They are characterised by two projecting spurs from the top and the bottom of the back of the shaft-hole.