Description: A bronze shaft-hole axehead with tall cylindrical shaft and flattened top. The axehead has a patchy green-brown patina and some patchy encrustation, but overall condition good.
Size: 135 mm/5.3 ins. in height and the blade 128 mm/5 ins. across
Date: c. 2nd - 3rd Millennium B.C.
Provenance: Ex Robert Stonard Collection, Surrey, and previously in the F.S. Clark Collection, Woking, Surrey (with his collection label). Previously the property of a Surrey collector.
Background: Mr Fred Clark (1923-2016) ran the Old Curiosity Shoppe, The Quadrant, Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey, in the 1970’s-1980’s selling a range of collectables. A passionate collector and field-walker, he built up a fine collection of antiquities, notable for British prehistoric items, a significant number of which he obtained through trade with Dr. H.A. Fawcett.
References: Compare No. 6 in Moorey P.R.S. 1971. Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University Press. Oxford, p. 42, Fig. 3, Plate 1 for the type.