Polished axe blade from Junglinster Neolithic (4500-2500 B.C.)
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Among the hundred or so jadeite axe blades found in the Grand Duchy, only a very few are of a significant size. One of these is this large polished blade found at Bélebierg near Junglinster.
Made of jadeite, a material imported from the remote western Alps in north-western Italy, it is polished to a high gloss. It is therefore safe to assume that it was not used as a traditional axe, but that it had a purely symbolic, prestigious or ceremonial function.
This exceptional object is not only a remarkable example of the Neolithic technique of polishing stone tools. As a prestige item, it symbolized the social status of its owner; it also illustrates how raw materials, goods and ideas were exchanged and contacts made over long distances.