Luristan Bronze Axe

£ 125.00

A fine Luristan axe cast from bronze featuring a short shaft-hole. A slight protrusion can be seen on the butt. The blade extends outwards towards the convex cutting edge. The sides of the blade display a chamfer edge while the cutting edge is bevelled.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Provenance: Ex Abelita family collection, acquired 1980-2015.
Condition: Fine Condition, green patination and earthly encrustation to the surface.


SKU: LD-515 Category: Tag:

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 number and variety of forms, and 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, many have been found in male graves.

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

Weight 418.1 g
Dimensions L 12.9 x H 6.7 cm



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