Bronze Age Socketed Axe, Urnfield Culture c. 1000-800 BC
Copper alloy; 130mm/202gm, original glossy green patina.
Molded hollow with oval mouth and large Y-shaped decoration in four lines on both sides.
From a small hoard of axes and sword hilts found near the Danube River. Such hoards were often deposited in rivers and wet places like swamps. As these spots were often quite inaccessible, they most probably represent gifts to the gods.
A very rare and beautiful artifact...and certainly under-priced.
Please click the 'images' tab for a before-cleaning photo and a blurry image of the socket.