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Ha Dong axe
LSb 1403
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This object is classified as a rare and precious pediform axe due to its shape and beautiful decorative patterns. One side of the blade is decorated with a vivid hunting scene by boat. The hunting is described as follows: We see a curly-nose boat with two hunters standing on the boat, raising javelins in their hands over their heads as if they are going to throw them. Under the boat there are two deer with large antlers, one with a slender belly and the other with a big belly (probably manifesting the male and female deer). They are stretching their legs to run away. In front of them is a hunting dog, with a slender belly and long muzzle, which is trying to prevent the deer from running away.

History of the Object
Axes were popular tools and weapons, prevailing in every ancient Viet culture. In the Dong Son culture, axes were discovered in many sites in great quantity and diversity of shape.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Width 8,5cm Length 10,8cm  
Creator name
Dong Son culture 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Vietnam 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
BCE 25th century ~ BCE 20th century 
Creation date
BC; 2000 - 2500 years before present 
Function
Tool and weapon 
Acquisition
The Frẹnch (Louis Finot Museum) bought it in Ha Dong town, Ha Tay Province in February 1920 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, Vietnam 
Museum
Vietnam National Museum of History 
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