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Axes (tools): O.116-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




The iron blade is T-shaped, formed of double crescents concave to the edge, forged with a narrow but solid socket for the haft which flares to the back and has a little stepped and hatched decoration at the base of the bar joining the socket to the blade. The haft is of wood, reinforced with an iron band with a dagged lower edge bordered by triple incised lines at the bottom, has a D-shaped iron finial with an iron dome and copper alloy washer below. Between the haft and the socket is a long iron rod with a round finial and file cut edges, intended to hold the socket firmly in position, and to be bound on with thongs now missing


History note: From Ganjam.

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 25.2 cm
Overall Length: 61 cm
Weight: 636 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by Taylor, Robert, MA


19th Century
Circa 1800 CE - 1879 CE


This is heavier than the usual Khond axe and may be an early example

Components of the work

Blade composed of iron

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 116
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.116-1879
Primary reference Number: 158431
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 October 2012 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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