VIKING IRON BEARDED BATTLE AXE HEAD

£495.00

The Vikings are known for their prowess in battle and the invasions they carried out across northern Europe.

Axes are a very typical part of the Viking battle attire. Bearded axes specifically were championed by warriors as they could be used in hooking motions as well as more classic chopping motions. Additionally, they could be thrown as well as used in close range – they were truly a versatile weapon!

Learn about the History of the Battle Axe here.

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Description

900-1100 AD. Viking Age. A stunning iron bearded battle axe with a tall, straight blade, rectangular cheek, and reinforced socket and butt. The bearded axe, or Skeggøx (from Old Norse Skegg, “beard”, and øx, “axe”) was common from the 6th century AD onwards in Scandinavia, but made most famous by the Vikings, who used these axes in battle to terrible effect. Bearded axes are named for the fact that the main part of the axe blade extends below the butt of the axe, creating a large cutting blade and allowing a fighter to hook onto the shields or weapons of his (or her) opponents. The era known as the Viking age lasted for more than 300 years, from the late 8th century to the late 11th century. The history of the Vikings is closely linked to their role as masters of the sea. They were feared as fierce and ruthless invaders; this axe probably belonged to a Viking warrior who left his home to travel and fight in search of fortune. Excellent condition; on a custom stand.

Size: L:116mm / W:120mm ; 335g

Provenance: From an old British collection formed in the 1990s; previously acquired in Germany.

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