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Indian axe

Object Number: 
1946.71
Date: 
17th century
Medium: 
Iron, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 23 1/2 x 6 x 1 3/4 in. ( 59.7 x 15.2 x 4.4 cm )
Marks: 
impressed: on each side of axe head: pound sign enclosed in circle
Description: 
Axe composed of tapered wood handle with wrought iron axe head connected to end; axe head has criss-cross mark on each side.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, this axe was found at Ganondagan, the ancient capital of the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois on Boughton Hill, Victor, New York. This town was visited by the French and the Dutch and destroyed in the Devonville Expedition in 1687; it was never occupied thereafter. The axe was made in Europe and might have been traded to Native Americans.
Credit Line: 
Gift of R. W. G. Vail
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group