Ancient Near East, Canaan, the Levant, Middle Bronze Age, ca. 1950 to 1539 BCE. A finely shaped, bronze flat axe head with the "duckbill" design - two ovoid openings near the tear-drop shaped socket. It was made using the lost wax casting process. It is in the style of axe heads from Hazor, which is described in the Book of Joshua as the head of the Canaanite city-states, and the site of one of Joshua's most important victories in the Israelites' conquest of the Promised Land. Archaeological expeditions from 1955 to 1958 CE revealed Middle and Late Bronze age temples, palaces, and fortifications, as well as a range of artifacts including cuneiform tablets, ivory objects, a basalt statue of a god, and bronze items like this one. Size: 1.9" W x 4.3" H (4.8 cm x 10.9 cm); 5.5" H (14 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Richard Wagner collection, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, acquired in 1968 from Essex Arts, New York, USA
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