Object Title

Axe

Axe

Date

1700-1899

Object Number

XXVIC.51

Provenance

Purchased at auction, Sotheby's, 16 December 1980 lot 327. From the Major A D F White collection.

Physical Description

The blade and haft of this axe are formed from a single piece of metal. The plain round haft is bound with cord as a grip. At the base of the haft is a cuboid finial with bevelled corners. The double-curved blade is held in the gaping maw of an elegantly carved snake with dragon-like features.This blade is very similar in style to those found on Tibetan choppers and flaying knives associated with ceremonial practices.

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength588mm
OverallWeight1.09kg
OverallWidth133mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible

Associations

Places China/Asia

Notes

This axe seems to show strong Tibetan traits, althought the cuboid pommel occurs in a lot of Chinese weapons. The object has always been described as Chinese in the past, but it could be the result of cultural exchange and influence, as we know happened a great deal with Central Asian arms and armour in general, or indeed have come from Tibet.