About this object

Winged axe, the butt approximately the same length as the slightly flared blade.

Turfa observes that winged axes are characteristic tools/weapons of the Appenine and Sub-Appennine culture widespread throughout peninsular Italy, including Etruria, during the Midle and Late Bronze Age.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy
  • Date made
    Italic Middle; Late Bronze Age
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of the 13th Earl of Derby
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    44 mm x 144 mm x 411.05 g
  • Note
    A74.14 also marked on object. Nature of this number to be researched
  • Related people
    13th Earl of Derby ( Previous owner); Hodder Michael Westropp ( Previous owner); Bryce McMurdo Wright ( Previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • 13th Earl of Derby

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1850
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Bryce McMurdo Wright

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Hodder Michael Westropp

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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