Middle Bronze Age Duckbill Axe
During the time of the patriarchs, bronze was the metal of choice. Metal workers had discovered that by mixing tin with copper, they achieved a stronger metal than plain copper. Bronze was a versatile metal. Metalworkers could use it to create weapons, hardware, jewelry, and tools, such as this duckbill axe.
The duckbill axe, named for its resemblance to the bill of a duck, was a practical tool best suited for cutting trees. It was a popular tool in the land of Canaan. A famous tomb painting in Egypt portrays a caravan of asiatics entering Egypt. It dates to the time of Joseph and is reminiscent of his brothers coming to Egypt to purchase grain during the famine. One of the men in the painting carries a duckbill axe.
“And the sons of Israel went to buy grain among those who journeyed, for the famine was in the land of Canaan. Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth…so Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.” (Genesis 42:5–8).
This axe is finely crafted of bronze, and it is in excellent condition. It features a rounded hole through the wide end to hold the axe handle, which would have been made of wood. The axe has twin holes in the surface of the axe, making it lighter and easier to use. The blade edge is rounded.
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