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Russian Bearded Iron Ax Head - Kulikova

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Russian Bearded Iron Ax Head - Kulikova
The Battle of Kulikovo (Russian: Мамаево побоище, Донское побоище, Куликовская битва, битва на Куликовом поле) was fought between the armies of Golden Horde under command of Mamai, and various Russian principalities under united command of Prince Dmitri of Moscow. The battle took place on September 8, 1380, at the Kulikovo Field near the Don River (now Tula Oblast) and was won by Dmitri, who became known as Donskoy (of the Don) since then. Although the victory didn't end the Mongol rule over Russian principalities, it is widely regarded by Russian historians as the turning point, when Mongol influence begun weakening, and power of Muscovy arose, eventually leading to its independence and formation of modern Russian state. According to XIX century historian Nikolay Karamzin, "Russians went to the Kulikovo field as citizens of various principalities and returned as a united Russian nation". Iron ax of the "bearded" variety known as such due to its similarities to a bearded man. This ax was excavated at the Kulikova battle site and is rare as such. Ax itself measures 7-1/4"L x 2-7/8"H. Intact and near choice with typical rusted surface found on buried iron.

Provenance: Ex-Bishop Collection, Scottsdale, AZ.

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