- Museum number
Axe-head made of haematite.
- Curator's comments
- From acquisition "Oh" From acquisition "Meigs County".
See Christy Correspondence:
Letter A E Douglass, New York/C H Read, 24 Nov 1887 and 'Invoice of Objects, worked in Stone & Shell by American Indians ... sent, in Exchange ... Selected from the Private Collection of A E Douglass Esq. in the Museum of Natural History, New York.
Douglass writes 'The "Objects in Hematite" complete my list. These are especially rare and curious, having been shaped from a substance frequently as hard as iron itself, with no better implements than stone, and requiring long periods of patient labor. I have a large "Grooved Axe" of the hardest Hematite weighing some 8 pounds, exquisitely polished, which must have taken years to perfect. Few Collections in this country possess a larger assortment of implements made from this material than this I now send you, while I have in number over one thousand, which equals probably all that the combined collections of this country possess.'
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1887C2.3784 (old CDMS no.)