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Battle Axe, D24.2291

Physical Description

Semi-circular iron blade, ends narrow, curving towards centre. Decorated high relief; semi-symmetrical birds, flowers on one side; two birds; three human figures, two women (?) flanking third figure, legs crossed, standing playing (?) flute, heads of the three ringed: flowers, leaves, all on other side. Iron shoulder and counter-weight: extends same distance as blade: one piece forged (?). Shoulder high relief, flowers on one side, stylised symmetrical many-pointed leaf (?) on other. Counter-weight shaped fleur-de-lis: high relief, human figure on one side, fleur-de-lis top and bottom; bird in tree on other side, fleur-de-lis top and bottom. Lacquered (?) brown wooden handle tapering, to doweled top inserted into blade shoulder. Grip carved for hand (five raised rings), fluted. Pommel squat sphere.




Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 497 x 254 x 30mm

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