Battle Axe

late 1500s
Blade: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.); Head: 27.3 cm (10 3/4 in.)
Weight: 420 g (14.82 oz.)
Location: not on view
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The haft or wooden handle of this axe is missing.


The axe has been a favorite weapon in Europe for as long as armor has been worn. Although it was useful as a simple tool for chopping, battle axes could become a way of expressing personal style. They could be decorated and embellished without impeding their function. Inset into this axe head is a copper rosette.
Battle Axe

Battle Axe

late 1500s

Italy, late 16th Century

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