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Double Axe Head

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

Double Axe Head

Culture Group: Minoan
Culture: Minoan
Date: 16th century–13th century BCE
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions:
L. 13.3 cm (5 . inches) Max. W. 6 cm (2 . inches) Minches W. 4.7 cm (1 . inches) Max. Th. 2.3 cm (. inches)
Classification: Decorative Art
Credit Line: Gift of Barbara Newborg, M.D., from the collection of Walter Kempner, M.D.
Label Text:The double axe is called labrys in Greek, the root of the word labyrinth; it may be connected with the ancient Minoan (Cretan) royal house (made popular by the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur in the labyrinth). It is also an ancient form of utilitarian object that was used in a festival at Athens, the Bouphonia, in which such an axe was used to slay an ox for sacrifice.
Object number: 2006.1.213
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