Ancient Celtic Votive Axe Head Offering to the Gods! c. 1000 BC--500 BC!

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Seller: houghton-usa (1,522) 100%, Location: Sequim, Washington, Ships to: US, Item: 254188962043 ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS Artifacts, Antiques & Fine Collectibles Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Ancient Greek Votive Axe Head Small Axe Dedicated to the Temple Gods In ancient Greece, the practice of dedicating objects to deities was common. It appears to have been a natural outcome of gratitude for the benefits received by a person who asked for a god’s assistance. The dedicated objects could be large or small, depending upon the nature of the request. For example, the nine archons at Athens took an oath upon entering the office that they would dedicate a gold statue at Delphi that was equal in size to them if they transgressed the laws. Gold, jewels, statutes, silver, bronze offerings or even a small as a piece of terracotta pottery could be offered to the gods. Archeologists believe that the ancient Greeks thought the gods would be more likely to grant their wish or request if the applicant for their benefits promised something of value in return—an offering. The Romans had a phrase “voti reus” that means “condemned to pay a vow” once a prayer had been granted by the gods. Temple officials would inventory and catalog these votive objects and in the case of precious metals would record the weight of each item or the number of jewels in a necklace. Possible offering to Zeus or to Ares, the God of War. Price & Value Each object I sell is professionally researched, translated (if I can...(smile), and compared with similar objects in the collections of the finest museums in the world. I have been dealing in fine antiquities for over 45 years and although certainly not an expert in every field, I have been honored to appraise, buy, collect, and enjoy and recently sell some of the finest ancient art in the world. When in doubt, I have worked with dozens of subject matter experts to determine the condition and authenticity of numerous antiquities and antiques. This careful examination helps to insure you are buying quality items and helps to protect your investment. There are many modern reproductions or "fakes" on the market today, so be sure and buy only from experts in the field. Please examine the photos taken at 4x macro carefully as they are part of the description. The AA battery and the stand are not part of the auction, just included to give you a better perspective. And please ask any questions before you buy. Thanks for looking and I'm always happy to combine shipping to save you even more money. Note: Please ask any questions you may have before you bid! Thanks for Looking! Per e-Bay's rules, PayPal only please! THANKS! US Buyers only please! FREE SHIPPING & Insurance included for all 50 United States. Condition: This Celtic Votive Pottery Axe Head was found in the Ukraine and is in good condition for being over 2,500 years old. It is in "as found" condition and shows minor chipping on the edges and the side, attachment loop is missing. It has a coating of minerals and a green patina, from being in water for millennia. Guaranteed 100% authentic and original with no repairs or restorations. Please see 4x macro photos for details. Thank You!, Material: Pottery, Provenance: Ownership History Available, Country: Celtic

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