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Central Europe, ca. late 4th to early 3rd millennium BCE. A hefty and compact hammered copper axe head. It features a wide socketing end with a central ridge along the verso, two lengthy faces with a raised ridge along the top border, and an acutely-angled blade edge. The profile of the axe head is slightly curved, perhaps as a more-efficient means of chopping and shaping wood rather than having been used in battle. A layer of dark-brown patina covers the majority of the tool, and areas of the original copper are visible along the blade. Size: 4.375" L (11.1 cm).

Provenance: ex-estate of John Piscopo, San Diego, California, USA. Mr. Piscopo was one of the largest collectors of ancient weapons in the US with a collection that spanned all cultures, all ages.

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Expected surface wear commensurate with age and use, small abrasions across most surfaces, with minor nicks to blade edge, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits within socketing hole, and nice dark-brown patina.

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Early Central European Copper Socketed Axe, ex-Piscopo

Estimate $300 - $400Mar 26, 2018