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Votive double ax

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Gold double axe composed of thin sheet gold mounted on a hollow gold shaft and outlined by bands of five incised lines. On left blade, inscription of four signs in undeciphered Linear A; posssible an invocation to the goddess Demeter. Two pierced holes on right blade. The axe was deposited in a...

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Provenance

1934: said to have been found by a farmer at Arkalokhori (?); date unknown: said to have been in the possession of Herr Bruns; by 1954: with Hans M. F. Schulman, 545 Fifth Avenue, New York 17, N.Y.; seen on the New York market in July 1956; date unknown: Swiss private collection; by date unknown: with Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6, & 7 King Street, St. James's, London S.W. 1, England; purchased by MFA from Spink & Son, Ltd., November 13, 1958, for £ 2,400/0/0

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Early Aegean, Minoan, Bronze Age, Late Minoan IA Period, about 1550–1500 B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.); width: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

58.1009

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Ritual Objects