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Overall great condition. Some mild surface wear and discoloration. Approx. dimensions: 8 in. H x 21 in. W x 9 in. D. Weight: 32 lbs. 14 oz.

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Epsilon Eye-Axehead

Lot 0015 Details

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Middle Kingdom, circa 1850 BC. A flat bronze multi-tanged cutting eye-axehead, with three tangs having holes for the fastening to the haft by small nails or with cord, one part of the blade incised with hieroglyphic symbols.Cf. for the iconography Hall, H.L., Hieroglyphic texts from Egyptian stelae etc., in the British Museum, London, 1914, Part 5, Pl.7, BM inv. no.EA1147; Stilmann, N., Tallis, N., Armies to ancient Near East, 3000 to 539BC, Worthing, 1984, fig.8, p.94; for a parallel cf. Flinders Petrie, W., Tools and Weapons, British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account 22nd Year, 1916, UC, 1917, pl.VI, nos.164-167.178 grams, 19.5cm (7 3/4"). Property of a gentleman from Jerusalem; previously in an old Israeli collection; accompanied by a copy of Israeli export permit number 43725.Egyptian soldiers (ahauty) of Middle Kingdom represented in the tomb painting from the grave of Djehutyhotep at Deir el-Bersha are wielding this type of eye-axeheads. The shaft to which the axeheads are attached is furnished with a hand-guard. This traditional Egyptian axe (metnit) had a round or semi-circular blade of copper lashed to a wood staff. By the First Intermediate Period, when territorial conflicts and civil wars arose within Egypt, a new crescent-shaped axe blade made of bronze was devoted specifically to the fight. The design increased the length of the cutting edge, making the weapon more lethal. For this specific lot, 5% import VAT is applicable on the hammer price
Condition
Fine condition.
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Epsilon Eye-Axehead

Estimate £1,200 - £1,700
May 25
Starting Price £1,000
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Lot 0015 Details

Description
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Middle Kingdom, circa 1850 BC. A flat bronze multi-tanged cutting eye-axehead, with three tangs having holes for the fastening to the haft by small nails or with cord, one part of the blade incised with hieroglyphic symbols.Cf. for the iconography Hall, H.L., Hieroglyphic texts from Egyptian stelae etc., in the British Museum, London, 1914, Part 5, Pl.7, BM inv. no.EA1147; Stilmann, N., Tallis, N., Armies to ancient Near East, 3000 to 539BC, Worthing, 1984, fig.8, p.94; for a parallel cf. Flinders Petrie, W., Tools and Weapons, British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account 22nd Year, 1916, UC, 1917, pl.VI, nos.164-167.178 grams, 19.5cm (7 3/4"). Property of a gentleman from Jerusalem; previously in an old Israeli collection; accompanied by a copy of Israeli export permit number 43725.Egyptian soldiers (ahauty) of Middle Kingdom represented in the tomb painting from the grave of Djehutyhotep at Deir el-Bersha are wielding this type of eye-axeheads. The shaft to which the axeheads are attached is furnished with a hand-guard. This traditional Egyptian axe (metnit) had a round or semi-circular blade of copper lashed to a wood staff. By the First Intermediate Period, when territorial conflicts and civil wars arose within Egypt, a new crescent-shaped axe blade made of bronze was devoted specifically to the fight. The design increased the length of the cutting edge, making the weapon more lethal. For this specific lot, 5% import VAT is applicable on the hammer price
Condition
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Fine condition.

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