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A superb Neolithic, pecked, ground and semi-polished "Dolorite" Axe, Cornwall
A superb Neolithic, pecked, ground and semi-polished
A superb Neolithic, pecked, ground and semi-polished A superb Neolithic, pecked, ground and semi-polished A superb Neolithic, pecked, ground and semi-polished A superb Neolithic, pecked, ground and semi-polished
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c.2500 B.C.A superb Neolithic, pecked, ground and semi-polished "Dolorite" Axe, found many years ago in St.Pauls Parish, Cornwall, England. Dolorite (a very hard speckled Volcanic stone) axes are very rare and this excellent example is perfect and looks as good now as the day it was made some 4,000 years ago.It was clearly made and then immediately buried or deposited at a sacred site as an offering to the gods, as the blade edge, and indeed the entire axe shows no signs whatsoever of ever being used, or it being hafted onto a wooden handle for use. The axe would have been painstakingly hammered into a rough axe shape and then carefully ground by hand using sand and water to finalise its shape and form and polish the blade edge. Another quirk is that the blade is superbly shaped on both sides but just polished on one; whether this action had some other deeper significance we may never know. It is a heavy and very pleasing axe to hold and measures 112mm long x 46mm wide x 38mm thick.