Flanged axe head

Italic, Etruscan
End of Bronze Age/Early Iron Age
about 10th–9th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 601.


Length: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Archery, spears, javelins

This axe head takes the form of a “winged” celt, with side flanges and stop-ridge. The handle fitted into the recess thus formed, and the stop-ridge prevented the blade from being driven too far into the handle. Dark green patina.
The end may have been broken off; it may originally had a round termination with a central indentation.


About 1900: Edward Waldo Forbes Collection (bought by him near Assisi, at "excavations" 10 to 20 miles to the south [amber beads and the Dumbarton Oaks "Hephaistos" were shown with it]); by 1958: loaned by Edward Waldo Forbes to MFA (as 152.58); gift of Edward Waldo Forbes to MFA, November 13, 1963

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Waldo Forbes