A Luristan axe cast from bronze featuring a short cylindrical shaft-hole with a half-protruding butt ending in a curl. The blade, initially narrow at the shaft, and then broadens out towards the slightly convex cutting edge. The top of the socket presents a zoomorphic form resembling the gaping mouth of a snake, while raised horizontal ridges decorate around the bottom.
Date: Circa 1200-600 BC Provenance: Acquired 1980-2015. Ex Abelita family collection. Condition: Fine condition. Patination to the surface.
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.
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