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Rounded axe-blade: with a single perforation for hafting. The cutting edge has been worked from both faces of the blade and a small piece of the edge is missing. Both faces are partially affected by corrosion and one bears several short incised cuts, which may be ancient. The butt is slightly concave.
Length: 13.60 centimetres (at butt)
Weight: 462 grammes
Thickness: 0.75 centimetres
Width: 10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This form of axe is dated to the Second Dynasty and is classified by Kühnert-Eggebrecht as type A-B (‘Die Axt als Waffe und Werkzeug im Alten Ägypten' (Berlin, 1969), 14, 98-9, with parallels quoted there.)
The date of acquisition suggests that this axe may have come from the Early Dynastic royal tombs at Abydos, where many similar axes were found. See E. Amélineau, ‘Les Nouvelles Fouilles d’Abydos’ II (1896-7), 256-8, 262, 264-5 and pl.XVIII, 3-5.
- Not on display
- Incomplete - haft missing, section missing from cutting edge. The blade is quite thickly corroded in parts, particularly at the cutting end and along the sides.
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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