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.
European Bronze Axe Head with Motif
A European socketed and faceted axe head made of bronze. It has a chamfered collar and scaphoid ribs to one face, and scooped rim with spurs. The blade features a smooth edge with a vesica motif at the rear on one side, and an oval dent on the other.
Provenance: Private collection acquired in the early 1990s, North London.