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|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.|
|Place of Origin:||Toulouse, France|
|Place of Excavation:||Toulouse, Garonne, France|