The Neolithic period was one of the greatest technological developments in human evolution. During this age, stone was used to make a wide variety of tools, the gradual advancement of which culminated in the invention of metal implements. Stone axes rose in popularity as farming progressed during the Neolithic period. Many were polished, much like this example, which in turn made them stronger for cutting down trees and creating spaces for crops and animals. A wooden handle would have been attached for ease of use. In some instances, axe heads were used during religious functions demonstrated by the unused surfaces.
Neolithic Stone Axe Head
A Neolithic axe head carved from stone featuring a crescent shaped cutting edge with rounded sides leading to a tapered butt. This axe was found on the Orkneys in Scotland.
Period: Neolithic period
Provenance: From a Surrey gentleman's collection (DG), purchased on the London Art Market from an ADA member, formed 1990's onward.
Condition: Fine condition, some scratches are visible to the surface. Chipped indentation to one side.