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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1968A1227
Collection:Antiquities - Prehistory
Date:8000 BC - 5000 BC


This stone axe has been beautifully worked and is highly polished all over.
It was probably never intended to be used as a working tool. It is made out of jadeite which was regarded as a luxury product in prehistoric times and traded throughout Europe. The use of this material together with its fine craftsmanship both suggest that this was a ceremonial item or status symbol reserved for a local dignitary.

Purchased from the Blackmore Museum, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Further Information

Production Period:Neolithic
Medium:Possibly jadeite?
Place of Origin:Toulouse, France
Place of Excavation:Toulouse, Garonne, France


Height:133 mm