26 Prestige

Stone Axe
Stone Axe

Between 5,000 and 3,800 BC, axes like the one from Rensing-Kellinghusen were made in France and northern Italy, which were certainly not intended for practical use. The axes were made of particularly beautiful and rare types of stone such as jadeite and eclogite, carefully ground and polished to a high gloss. They functioned as prestige objects with ritual significance and were exchanged over great distances. In northern Germany, such "exotics" testify to supra-regional relations and Europe-wide contacts.

Info: Showcase 26

Prestige Axe

Age: um 4000 v. Chr. Neolithic period

Material: Jadeite (Eclogite?)

Location: Rensing-Kellinghusen