Nama : KAPAK BATU
Fungsi : Pusaka Kubur
Material : Batu Chalcedony
Era : -BCE – 60th Century
Asal : Jawa Barat
MUSEUM NASIONAL INDONESIA (Museum Gajah)
Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat no.12,
Jakarta Pusat, DKI JAKARTA 10110
Quadrangular Axe – 7
Measurements Thickness: 1,4 cm.
Creator name: unknown
Where it was made: Indonesia; West Java
Time period: -BCE – 60th Century
Function: Amulet, Burial item
Owner: Museum Nasional
Museum: Museum Nasional
Why this is a masterpiece:
It can be concluded from the axe’s attractive appearance, the way it was perfectly made and the materials it was made out of, that this particular example was most likely an amulet, a burial item or barter object as opposed to an everyday object.
History of the Object:
Quadrangular axes, or adzes, were largely found in Western Indonesia, particularly in West Java. Made of semi-precious stone, the surface of this particular adze was polished until soft circles appeared and it would have been tied to the handle with rattan string.