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LOT 1247

Estimate
GBP (£) 350 - 450
EUR (€) 420 - 540
USD ($) 480 - 610

Opening Bid
£315 (EUR 377; USD 429) (+bp*)

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Western Asiatic War Axehead

3rd millennium BC

A bronze paddle-shaped axehead with narrow neck, socket with discoid hammer extension to the rear. 300 grams, 23.5cm (9 1/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Ex important Japanese collection, 1970s-2010.

Literature
See Gernez, G., L’armament en métal au Proche et Moyen-Orient: des origines a 1750 av. J.C., Paris, 2007, fig.2.16, pls.86-88, for the type.

Footnotes
The axe belongs to subtype H2.J.b of the Gernez classification. These axes are characterised by decoration often executed with remarkable care and technical skill. The enlargement and indentation of the back of the collar varies, whilst the shape of the blade is, by contrast, standardised, with divergent rectilinear edges and a straight cutting edge or, more rarely, a rounded cutting edge, as in the example offered here.