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religious/ritual equipment / axe

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1884,0614.31

  • Description

    Bronze ceremonial shaft-hole axe-head inscribed with a religious dedication; wedge-shaped blade with curving sides; elaborate shaft decorated with a cast figure of a winged creature depicted frontally, probably a sphinx, details of the wings and hair rendered as deep incisions; bead-and-reel and tongue borders above and below the figure; the edges of the shaft holes are also decorated; the terminal of the axe-head comprises a rectangular projection ending in a bulbous head, with a stepped transition between the two elements; the inscription is inscribed on the blade with seven lines of characters in the Achaean Greek alphabet.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 520BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 0.85 kilograms (inc mount)
    • Length: 14 centimetres
    • Width: 8.8 centimetres
    • Height: 15.5 centimetres
    • Height: 16.5 centimetres
    • Diameter: 8.85 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Greek Alphabet (Achaean)
      • Inscription Language

        ancient Greek
      • Inscription Translation

        I am the sacred property of Hera-in-the-Plain: Kyniskos the butcher dedicated me, a tithe from his works.
  • Bibliography

    • Inscription 1094 bibliographic details
    • Bronze 252 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G73/dc72

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1884

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1884,0614.31

Bronze ceremonial shaft-hole axe-head inscribed with a religious dedication; wedge-shaped blade with curving sides; elaborate shaft decorated with a cast figure of a winged creature depicted frontally, probably a sphinx, details of the wings and hair rendered as deep incisions; bead-and-reel and tongue borders above and below the figure; the edges of the shaft holes are also decorated; the terminal of the axe-head comprises a rectangular projection ending in a bulbous head, with a stepped transition between the two elements; the inscription is inscribed on the blade in seven lines in the Achaean Greek alphabet.

Bronze ceremonial shaft-hole axe-head inscribed with a religious dedication; wedge-shaped blade with curving sides; elaborate shaft decorated with a cast figure of a winged creature depicted frontally, probably a sphinx, details of the wings and hair rendered as deep incisions; bead-and-reel and tongue borders above and below the figure; the edges of the shaft holes are also decorated; the terminal of the axe-head comprises a rectangular projection ending in a bulbous head, with a stepped transition between the two elements; the inscription is inscribed on the blade in seven lines in the Achaean Greek alphabet.

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