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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Polished jadeite axehead; thin, and highly polished.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4000BC-2000BC (Deposition)
    • 4500BC-4000BC (Manufacture)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 219 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The stone for this axe comes from the North Italian Alps.

  • Bibliography

    • MacGregor 2010, pp.84-89 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G51/dc5

  • Exhibition history

    2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Jadeite axe-head


COMPASS Title: Jadeite axe-head

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