Elamite Axe with Snake Decoration


A cast bronze axe with cylindrical shaft. The lower end has been cut away sharply, and the upper half is decorated with two snakes. In relief on either side of the corded rib, one of the snakes is shown moving and the other is curled. The blade is initially narrow, and broadens to a crescentic edge.

Date: Circa 2nd Millenium BC
Period: Early Bronze Age
Condition: Fine condition with light accretions, surfaces slightly rough but good stable metalwork.

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Ancient Persian craftsmen developed great skill in bronze working, producing some of the finest tools and weaponry then available. These include a great number of ornaments, tools, weapons, horse-fittings, as well as a smaller number of vessels. They have been uncovered in recorded excavations, and have generally come from burials. The ethnicity of the people who created them remains unclear, though they may well have been Persian, and possibly related to the modern Lur people (who have given their name to the area).

Luristan weapons were influenced by Elamite and Mesopotamian metalwork in the area circa 2500 – 1500 BC.

Weight 368 g
Dimensions H 8.8 cm



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