Small European Late Bronze Age Votive Palstave Axehead


A fine European Bronze Age palstave-type votive axe head. It features a square butt and leaf-shaped flanges. The blade displays a convex shape with a fine cutting edge. The bronze is smooth and covered by a beautiful dark blue-green patina.

Please take note of the measurements.
Date: Circa 13th-9th century BC
Period: Late Bronze Age
Provenance: Kuizenga collection, the Netherlands, formed from 1970s onwards.
Condition: Fine condition. Patination to the surface.


SKU: SK-113 Category: Tags: ,

European metalwork saw rapid technological development. The manufacture of tools and weapons increased and specialised in producing equipment for shaving, woodworking, and metalworking. Palstaves would have been used primarily for clearing woodland and for shaping timber, but would also have proved useful in battles. However, the small size of this example suggests that it would have performed a votive or ceremonial role. Model axes are one of the most common votive objects found in archaeological sites, suggesting that they held a religious or superstitious meaning.

To discover more about Celtic culture, please visit our relevant blog post: Bronze Age Britain.

Weight 26.78 g
Dimensions L 5.8 x W 2.9 x H 1.2 cm



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Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item 1875,1229.2

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