The cast, hammered and incised blade has sharp edges and is of an attractive elongated leaf form, the blade narrowing slightly after the base and tapering towards the tip. At the bottom of the shaft is a semi-circular motif with extremely fine incised decoration. The central rib is bordered by pairs of incised lines which mimic the blade’s shape. The Flattened base has six circular perforations used to attached a handle of another material, one pin remains in situ. The surface has a very attractive bright blue-green patina.
Kurt Esterl sen (d.1982), Austria; acquired 1963-1981, thence by descent
Compare Bagley, Eggl, Neumann and Schefzik, Alpen, Kult und Eisenzeit (Rahden/Westf, 2009), pp.98-99