Labys Axe

  • Ancient Greece
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

Long associated with Governmental and Office, The Labys was a double headed (bitted), Axe. It was used as a symbol of such in Ancient Crete and Greece perhaps as far back as 7,500 B.C. Also used for religious symbolism, as a war weapon The Labys was seen as dual Axes made of bronze. It featured a stylized flanged dual point (tip) on both heads. The flat (rear portion of the Head bodies were attached to a bronze Pole (roughly 3 to 4 feet in length). On average, The Labys Head was roughly 10-inches (point to point), with a blade width of 5 to 6 inches. A “swinging” motion comparable to a numeral “8” was employed (to maximize the effect of both Axe Heads).