Very old original Viking AXS or Norse culture, ca. 800 to 1000 CE.
Northern Europe, Viking or Norse culture, ca. 800 to 1000 CE.
A fine forged-iron axe head comprised of a circular socketing shaft with tabs protruding from the top and bottom ends of the butt,
a sturdy neck, and a broad blade with a sharpened edge.
Smaller axes like this example may have been used in battle as a throwing instrument or for hand-to-hand combat,
though it was likely used for more utilitarian purposes such as chopping and shaping wood or mud bricks.
Size: 5.875″ L x 1.9″ W x 3.5″ H (14.9 cm x 4.8 cm x 8.9 cm); 4.3″ H (10.9 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: ex-private Ukrainian collection, found in a farmer’s field
A Certificate of Authenticity
Light stabilization and restoration to some areas around blade and socketing shaft.
Minor nicks and abrasions to blade, body, and shaft, with light encrustations, and extensive oxidization.
Light earthen deposits and nice oxidized patina throughout.
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