Such items were intended for ceremonial or votive purposes. Very little art survives from the European Neolithic age; boat-axes such as this are therefore much admired and sought after works that demonstrate the skill of the Nordic craftsmen.
ProvenanceFound prior to 1887 near Ronneby, Sweden
Lars Otto Johan Holst (1863-1936), Sweden
Holst was a veterinary surgeon in Ronneby, southern Sweden from around 1887. Mr. Holst took a strong interest in the prehistory of ancient Scandinavia and formed a magnificent collection of early Stone Age artefacts. He obtained these objects locally, partly through his own private excavations, and partly as payment for work done in his service as a vet between 1887 - 1929.