Luristan Bronze Axe Head


A Luristan bronze axe head. Its short, elliptical shaft-hole has a rounded protuberance on the butt. The shaft-hole is cut away in a concave curve at the top and bottom, with a rolled ridge along both edges that terminates in a spiral curl. The blade initially narrows at the shaft, then broadens into a slightly convex edge.

Date: Early 2nd millenium BC.
Condition: Complete and intact. The bronze is strong with light accretions


SKU: AS-3682 Category: Tag:

Ancient Persian craftsmen developed great skill in bronze working, producing some of the finest tools and weaponry then available. These include a great number of ornaments, tools, weapons, horse-fittings, as well as a smaller number of vessels. They have been uncovered in recorded excavations, and have generally come from burials. The ethnicity of the people who created them remains unclear, though they may well have been Persian, and possibly related to the modern Lur people (who have given their name to the area).

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


Weight 530 g
Dimensions L 18.9 cm



Reference: Cf. Item 12; P. R. S. Moorey, 'Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum', 1971