Ax Head

Ax head in the North American Ethnographic Collection of the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York.

NDT Note: the axe head is of a vermilion (cinnabar or rust) color, with black in the indentations at the base of the axe head (the widest area) where it may have been attached to a wooden handle, the indentations also make a perfect fit with grasping fingers, the tip has striated marks that may indicate it had once been used in some fashion; however, the axe head is not sharp, the edge is rather rounded even though it comes to a point of sorts, this object was not used, in my opinion, for any type of extensive or arduous cutting, another possibility is that the striations were made during the crafting of the object.

Manuscript Catalog reads: "Baker-Miller Co. Purchase 1915-69: 8669 Small painted stone ax, Miami, Indiana" (p. 157).

Physical Description: stone, pigment; 5.1cm x 8.4cm x 4.5cm.

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