About this object

This bronze epsilon axe blade 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. Green patination in places.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    2055 BC - 1773 BC (Dynasty 11 - 12) about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Richborough Antiquities, Kent, 1967
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1967 before
  • Measurements
    80 mm x 5 mm x 310 mm
  • Note
    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.
  • Related people
    Richborough Antiquities ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Richborough Antiquities

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1967
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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