Luristan Bronze Adze-Axe


A very well preserved Luristan double axe-head cast in bronze. The weapon features a short cylindrical shaft hole embellished with vertical ridges. A flattened top with a vertical crescent shaped blade, the side broadens out towards the cutting edge and a horizontal blade to the back. Beautiful green patination covers the surface.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Fine Condition

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SKU: LD-304 Category: Tag:

Bronze weapons represent the most common examples of Luristan metalwork and some of the finest weaponry then available. Among these, shaft-hole axes, adzes and pick-axes have been reported in great number and variety of forms, and have been vital to understanding the chronology and development of bronze metallurgy in the Lorestan region. Specifically, axe-heads such as this fine example reflect the influence of Elamite and Mesopotamian metalwork in the area. Mostly recovered in funerary contexts, Luristan weapons were likely to have been used not only in everyday life, but also hold ceremonial purposes.

To discover more about the Luristan Empire, please visit our relevant blog post: The Luristan Empire: Beauty of Bronze.

Weight 702.2 g
Dimensions L 20.8 x H 6.1 cm



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