• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5952

    Antiquities

    27 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 51

    A EUROPEAN BRONZE AXE HEAD

    HALLSTATT PERIOD, CIRCA 8TH-6TH CENTURY B.C.

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    A EUROPEAN BRONZE AXE HEAD
    HALLSTATT PERIOD, CIRCA 8TH-6TH CENTURY B.C.
    With a wing-end trapezoid blade, short inward-curved flanges and side loop below butt, 7¾ in. (19.5 cm.) long; a North European Neolithic cream stone axe head, 3rd-2nd millennium B.C., 8¼ in. (21 cm.) long; and four dark brown and green polished stone adze blades, from New Guinea, 7 in. (18 cm.) long max. (6)


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    PUBLISHED AND EXHIBITED:
    Item one: A. MacGregor (ed.), Antiquities from Europe and the Near East in the collection of The Lord McAlpine of West Green, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1987, p. 93, no. 8.3.

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    Provenance

    Item one: formerly in the collections of Lt. Gen. A.H.L.F. Pitt-Rivers (1827-1900) and The Lord McAlpine of West Green.
    Item two: remains of ink inscribed collection label; reputedly from France.
    Items three-six: with ink inscribed collection numbers 6-1957, 7-1957, L1956-15 and 12-1957; formerly in the collections of Lt. Commander Hayter, R.N., circa 1890 (6 and 7-1957); and the Rev. Lord Charles Hervey (1814-1880) (12-1957): sold Sotheby's London, The Charterhouse Collection, 5 November 2002, part lot 1.