Luristan Bronze Axe Head


A Luristan axe cast from bronze featuring a short cylindrical shaft hole leading to a narrow blade which extends outwards towards the cutting edge. The rim above the shaft hole is slightly thickened to add strength to the piece. The blade extends out at a downwards angle and then curves upwards from the underneath.

Date: Circa 1200 - 600 BC
Provenance: Ex Alexander Cotton collection, Hampshire, UK, 1980s.
Condition: Excellent condition, patination to the surface.

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SKU: LD-528 Category:

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 273 g
Dimensions L 14.3 x H 7.5 cm



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