- Museum number
Large, very heavy, iron axe-head: with long splayed blade, a straight butt, and long hooked lugs. The sides are straight and expand evenly towards the cutting edge from near the butt. There are no flanges. The blade is moderately corroded and bears a number of small faults and cracks. There is also considerable surface pitting. The convex cutting edge is sharp and shows no clear sign of wear.
Length: 14.90 centimetres (maximum)
Weight: 1531.50 grammes
Thickness: 2.20 centimetres
Width: 13.90 centimetres (butt)
- Curator's comments
- Metallographic analysis has indicated that the metal is a steel and that the cutting edge of the blade was quench-hardened.
E. A. W. Budge in 'Archaeologica: or Miscellaneous Tracts relating to Antiquity' 53 (London, 1892), 92, pl. II, fig. 2;
The British Museum, 'A Guide to the Exhibition Galleries of the British Museum (Bloomsbury)' (London, 1896), 121;
W. M. F. Petrie, 'Tools and weapons : illustrated by the Egyptian collection in University College, London' (London, 1917), 8-9, pl. II, 73;
E. A. Wallis Budge 'A Guide to the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Egyptian Rooms, and the Coptic Room' (London, 1922), 201, no. 3.
- Not on display
- incomplete - haft missing
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number