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Quadrangular Axe
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It can be concluded from the axe’s attractive appearance, the way it was perfectly made and the materials it was made out of, that this particular example was most likely an amulet, a burial item or barter object as opposed to an everyday object.

History of the Object
Quadrangular axes, or adzes, were largely found in Western Indonesia, particularly in West Java. Made of semi-precious stone, the surface of this particular adze was polished until soft circles appeared and it would have been tied to the handle with rattan string.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Chalcedony 
Measurements
Thickness: 1,4 cm. 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; West Java 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
BCE 60th century ~ BCE 60th century 
Creation date
BC; 6000 BC; Neolithic Age 
Function
Amulet, Burial item 
Acquisition
unknown 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum Nasional 
Museum
National Museum of Indonesia 
Credit line
 

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