Luristan Bronze Axe-Head


A finely modelled Luristan cast bronze double axe head, composed of a long, tubular socket with a thick, ribbed rim above. The socket is decorated don each side with an anthropomorphic face, rendered in an extremely stylised manner with big, wide open eyes. The weapon displays a nice bright green patina.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Condition: Fine, complete and intact. The piece has been mounted on a custom-made stand, ideal for display.

In stock

SKU: AH-707 Category: Tags: ,

Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the area of modern South-Western Iran. In ancient times a number of nomadic populations, such as the Medes, the Kassites and eventually the Persians, settled in the area. Due to the nomadic nature of the tribes, none of the Luristan bronzes were of great size, since it was required for them to be light and portable. Their artwork mainly comprises ornaments, vessels and weapons. Cast spike-butted axes are hallmarks of Luristan bronze weaponry during the First Iron Age Period, between 1200 and 1000 BC. Most of Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts.

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

Weight 314.7 g
Dimensions L 18.9 x H 10.9 cm



Reference: Christies, London, Sale 7325, Lot 21

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