Archaeological Collection

The jade axe

The jade axe
Item name:The jade axe
Dating:5th–4th millennium BC
Dimensions:l. 14.9 cm
Findspot:Vinji Vrh
Inv. No.:P 4526
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


The jade axe from Veliki Vinji vrh near Šmarjeta was found in an Iron Age grave. It was presumably unearthed in the Iron Age in the vicinity of Veliki Vinji vrh and placed into a grave as a rarity and an object of great value.

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 144, pp. 108, 244.

On display in the Permanent Exhibition