A Rare and large Neolithic stone Battle Axe-Hammer probably Danish

A Rare and large Neolithic stone Battle Axe-Hammer probably Danish

3500 BC to 3000 BC Danish

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A rare and large Neolithic stone Battle Axe-Hammer, probably Danish

Circa 3500-3000 BC

Size : 26 cm high x 9 cm wide x 7.5 cm deep
10¼ ins high x 3½ ins wide x 3 ins deep
Provenance : From the collection of the Lord McAlpine at West Green
Ex Jamaica Inn Museum, Bolventor, Cornwall, UK
These magnificent stone axes are illustrative of an emerging society whose self image was one of warfare rather than one of work. They have been found in the male graves of the 'corded ware culture' which included Denmark and stretched from Switzerland to Moscow. Unlike their prehistoric forebears who lived in large communal village farming groups, they were outsiders living on the margins of existing cultures. They were a semi-nomadic people of small, more fluid, social grouping where livestock rather than land was the basis for wealth, and artefacts such as this axe, were symbols of authority and power. Their dead no longer joined an anonymous community of ancestors, but were buried as personalities showing off their personal position and equipment of life.
Height 26.00 cm (10.24 inches)
Width 9.00 cm (3.54 inches)
Depth 7.50 cm (2.95 inches)
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