This cast iron axe head was recovered in the Scandinavia region of Northern Europe, produced by Viking or Norse people that inhabited the region between the 8th and 10th centuries CE. The design features a circular socketed shaft and a curved sharpened blade, with indentations where rivets were once put in place to attach the axe head to its handle.
Smaller axes such as this likely served utilitarian purposes, though it's likely that some were also used as ceremonial offerings when burying the deceased.
The Vikings themselves were a seafaring Norse people who raided and settled throughout Europe from the late 8th century to the late 11th century, a time known as the Viking Age. The voyages of the Vikings took them as far south as Northern Africa and as far west as North America, where they briefly became the first European settlers of the continent around 1000 CE.
Size: 4.5" long x 2.5" tall (11.4 cm x 6.4 cm)
This axe head is the larger of the two we have listed.
The axe head has been inspected by multiple experts for authenticity as it passed between different owners. A signed Certificate of Authenticity will accompany your purchase, which will include all known details of the axe head's ownership history. You will receive the exact item shown in the photos above.
Cotton or nitrile gloves are required to handle iron artifacts like this, and a pair will be included with your order. Iron is particularly vulnerable to extreme temperature and humidity, so this item must be stored in a cool, dry place. More detailed care instructions will be included with the item.
- Acquired before the year 2000 by Pegasi Numismatics, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Acquired by an auction house from Pegasi in 2020
- Acquired by History Hoard at auction in 2021
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