Bronze axe

Axes from the Heppeneert cache are all based on the same model. Only the tip of the spear and a polygonal axe diverge from this category.

The model type is characterized by:

  • an upper side with slightly convex surface and a square or rectangular transversal cut;
  • a length of between 10 and 12.5 cms;
  • a slightly wider or curved cutting edge;
  • a rim in relief around the opening that presents a blunt ridge;
  • a square socket with a rounded or circular angles and one or two ribs under the rim;
  • a grommet under the upper edge to enable the axe with a curved handle to be attached by a cord, so as to avoid any accidental separation.

The fins simulated on the socket are characteristic decoration, often combined with one or more small central buttons in relief.

The axes were cast in bivalve moulds.

Website Gallo-Romeins Museum

Material / technique: 
Length: 10 – 12.5 cms
Type of acquisition: 
Heritage Fund Acquisition
Year of acquisition: 
Depository institution: 
Gallo-Romeins Museum, Tongeren