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Deep crescentic axe-head: with an unusual strengthening feature in the form of a raised rib running down the middle of the blade. It is attached by means of metal rivets to a cylindrical copper casing, which originally enclosed a wooden haft, decayed remains of which survive inside. The rivets, three in number, were inserted through holes in the tubing, which correspond to perforations in the tangs of the axe. The casing is cracked and holed and its lower portion is missing. One half of the bottom rivet is also lost. The cutting edge of the blade has been damaged by corrosion. Both the blade and the casing are lightly patinated.
Diameter: 2.52 centimetres (haft)
Length: 40.20 centimetres (maximum)
Weight: 349 grammes
Width: 19.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
W. M. F. Petrie, 'Tools and weapons : illustrated by the Egyptian collection in University College, London' (London, 1917), pl. VI, 164;
Y. Yadin, ‘The Art of Warfare in Biblical Lands’ I (New York, London & Toronto, 1963), 168 (Where it is figured erroneously attached to a haft which belongs to another blade (1899,1016.1216);
E. Kühnert-Eggesbrecht, ‘Die Axt als Waffe und Werkzeug im alten Ägypten’ (Berlin, 1969), 99, C/8.
- Not on display
- incomplete - core and lower section of haft missing
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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