Axe

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This bronze epsilon axe is effectively an axe blade fitting into a spear shaft and used for cutting and slashing. Petrie thought that this type of blade, which has three holes for fixing to a spear shaft, was a peculiarly Egyptian weapon that could only be useful as a weapon in a hot country as it would have been quite ineffective upon clothing and only effective on bare flesh. Crescent shaped with curved cutting edge and centrally placed tang. Three holes for halfting to a baton. From the tomb of Awy (no. 655). Compare with W. M. Flinders Petrie, 'Weapons and Tools' (London, 1917), p. 10, pls. VI [180], VII [157]. Petrie considered this type of edged fighting baton blade to belong to the 11th and 12th dynasties.