Quadrangular Axe



Origins: Found in Sukabumi, West Java
Category: Chalcedony Stone
Dimensions: 1.13 cm; W. 6.1 cm; Thick 1.4 cm

Quadrangular axes, also known as adze, 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. 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.