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Large Central Asian Bronze Axe Head

Bactria-Margiana (BMAC), modern-day central Asia, ca. 3rd to 2nd millennium BCE. A heavy cast-bronze axe head with an oval-shaped hafting hole, a rough-surfaced butt end, a thin midrib on both top and bottom spines extending from the hafting hole, and two gradually-widening blade faces which terminate at a curved blade edge. Though the exposed surfaces are covered in light layers of earthen material, areas of vibrant emerald-green patina are still visible. This axe likely saw use in combat given the size and form, and would have been a formidable obstacle for any opposing forces to defeat. Size: 7.25" L (18.4 cm).

Condition: Surface wear commensurate with age and use, small nicks to blade edge and hafting hole, some roughness along blade faces and butt end, with light earthen deposits and lovely green patina throughout.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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