Luristan Bronze Double Axe Head


A large Luristan axe head cast from bronze. The axe head’s surface remains smooth with beautiful green patination adding to its sleek profile. The weapon features a short cylindrical shaft hole, with a flattened top which broadens to the horizontal cutting edge with a vertical blade to the other side. There are some minor chips along the edges of the weapon.


Date: Circa 1800 - 600 BC
Condition: Excellent Condition. Blade is covered in beautiful polychromatic patination.


SKU: AF-04 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.


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

Weight 1919 g
Dimensions L 27.5 x W 6.6 x H 7.9 cm



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