Greek Hellenistic Iron Labrys
ca. 400 – 300 B.C. Greek Hellenistic Period.
A very rare, double-headed iron ritual axe formed by a circular shaft; with flared outer edges to the blades.
The symbolism of the double-bitted axe goes back to the Minoan civilizations, where it was associated with the Mother Goddess. It has been then related to various sacred and religious meanings.
The term “labrys” translated as “lips”, associates the symbol with the female genitalia: labia, that is the entrance of womb. It was also seen as symbolic of a butterfly, signifying transformation and rebirth. In Greek mythology, the Labrys (also called Pelekys) appears as an ancient symbol linked with the Thunder God, Zeus who used the axe to invoke storms. Such axes are often found in both burial and temple content suggesting their strong religious significance for the Ancient Greeks.
The Labrys is a two-sided axe which is often interpreted as a bridge between the world of the living and world of the gods.
Superb Condition; on a custom made stand., Size: H:48mm / W:108mm (withouto stand); 600g