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Axe Blade

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

The decoration of this ax blade consists of a graceful ibex lowering Its head to eat. Executed in an openwork technique, the blade would have broken if used to deliver a blow. In all probability, it functioned in a funerary or cultic ceremony in which its use was purely symbolic.

MEDIUM Bronze
  • Reportedly From: eastern Delta, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 3 3/8 x 1/8 x 2 5/8 in. (8.6 x 0.3 x 6.7 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 66.171.1
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Axe Blade, ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E. Bronze, 3 3/8 x 1/8 x 2 5/8 in. (8.6 x 0.3 x 6.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 66.171.1. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.66.171.1_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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