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Heavy square axe-blade: with a convex cutting edge and slightly concave butt. The sides are nearly straight, being only slightly curved outwards, and the corners of the edge are rounded. The edge has been worked from both faces of the blade, and is rather chipped, possibly as a result of use. One corner of the butt has been bent and gashed. The surface of the metal is well preserved, only one side of the blade being pitted by corrosion.
Length: 13.80 centimetres (at butt)
Weight: 936 grammes
Thickness: 0.90 centimetres
Width: 13.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This axe is known to have come from Petrie's excavations in the early Osiris temple, but was for some reason omitted from his report.
For other examples of inscribed Early Dynastic axes, see W. M. F. Petrie, 'Tools and weapons : illustrated by the Egyptian collection in University College, London' (London, 1917), pl.III, 103-4.
- On display (G64/dc12)
- Fair. The damaged sections have been infected by corrosion, which has also spread widely over one of the faces.
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
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