A finely modelled European Bronze Age pendant in the shape of a weapon, possibly an axe head. The pendant features a crossbar shape with the latitudal bar shaped in a spiral motif. The longitudinal bar begins with a semi circular head that tapers in the narrow shaft or footplate. The bronze displays excellent condition with an attractive green patination. Further decoration includes incised lines.
Date: Circa 1200-900 BC Period: European Bronze Age Provenance: Ex. John Lawton collection, London; formerly in a private Walton-on-Thames collection, 1970’s Condition: Complete and intact. The bronze is stable and features a beautiful patina to the surface.
European Bronze Age farmers differed from their stone-cutting predecessors – they used horses and chariots to work; kept flocks of sheep for woollen clothing; and used bronze as a standard commodity of exchange. Technological development was rapid; the manufacture of tools and weapons increased; and specialised equipment emerged for shaving, woodworking, and metalworking. Axes such as this one would have been used primarily for clearing woodland and for shaping timber, but would also have proved useful in battles.
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