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Bronze double-ax

Period:
Middle Minoan III–Late Minoan I
Date:
ca. 1700–1450 B.C.
Culture:
Minoan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/4 x 1 5/8 in. (4.5 x 4.2 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.11.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
The hole at the end of the shaft indicates that these pieces probably served as pendants. Double-ax pendants were common not only in Crete but also in Greece, from the Protogeometric through the Archaic period.
Said to be from Arkalochori, Crete

Alexander, Christine. 1941. "Notes: Greek and Roman Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 36(1): p. 18.

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