Northern Europe, Denmark, Neolithic Period, ca. 3900 to 1700 BCE. A lovely gathering of three blades used for axes or adzes, hand-knapped from grey-brown chert. Each tool has a thick butt end, a tapering body, and smooth blade faces with wide edges. The polished axe is part of the technology that marked Neolithic life in northwestern Europe, alongside farming, pottery, and longhouses. Blades of this sort are often found inside dolmens, large granite blocks that form tombs. These examples are noteworthy for their thick butt ends as well as their edges which are still sharp even after thousands of years. These examples were probably shaped for ceremonial use, considered of great value, and kept apart for display. Lucite display stands for photography purposes only. Size of largest: 5.9" L x 2.125" W (15 cm x 5.4 cm).
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private New York, New York, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s and 1980s
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All three items have minor nicks and abrasions commensurate with age and use, with light encrustations, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and smooth patina throughout.