Luristan Bronze Adze Head

£ 350.00

A Luristan adze cast from bronze featuring a long cylindrical shaft-hole leading to a slightly inclined, narrow and flat blade widening out at the curved cutting edge. The adze is unadorned, this simple type was widely used across the whole of Mesopotamia. Minor chips to the edge. Some patination to the surface.

Date: Circa 1200 - 600 BC
Provenance: From a collection of arms and armour, Cologne, Germany 1990-2005.
Condition: Very fine condition

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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 numbers and in a variety of forms. They 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 317.1 g
Dimensions L 11.5 x W 13.7 cm



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