Stone Age Jade Axe


Jade Koekoe
published on 09 January 2017
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Stone Age Jade Axe

Jade, 5000-3600 BCE. Biebrich, Germany.

This axe is made of European jade mined in prehistoric quarries in the Italian Alps. It appears to be an object of beauty rather than function. It would have taken several days to polish this jade object by grinding it against stone, polishing with fine sand or silt and rubbing by hand with grass or leaves.

This image was taken at the National Museum of Australia in the British Museum travelling exhibition A History of the World in 100 (and 1) Objects.

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Jade Koekoe
Jade is a Librarian with an avid interest in Roman and Greek architecture and ancient Middle-Eastern cultures.

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