**Originally Listed At $600**
Ancient Near East / Western Asia, Anatolia, ca. 1000 BCE. A beautiful cast-copper axe head with an elongated ovoid socket ending in a small knob-shaped butt. The thick shoulder projects perpendicularly from the curved edges of the socketing shaft, narrows, and then widens to a crescent-shaped blade edge with pointed upper and lower corners. Axes like this example were mounted on the ends of slender poles. Thick layers of green, russet, and wheat-hued patina cover the axe head, and sparkling areas of green patina indicate traces of malachite formation. A rare example to find intact! Size: 3.875" W x 6.1" H (9.8 cm x 15.5 cm); 10.4" H (26.4 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Richard Wagner collection, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, acquired in the 1960s
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Slight bending to overall form of blade and socketing shaft, with minor nicks to butt, socket, shoulder, and blade, and encrustations across most surfaces, otherwise intact and very good. Nice earthen deposits as well as fabulous green, russet, and wheat-hued patina throughout. Sparkling areas of green patina indicative of malachite growth.