Luristan Bronze Double Axe


A Luristan axe head cast from bronze with bright green patination covering the surface. The weapon features a short cylindrical shaft hole, with a flattened top which broadens to the horizontal convex cutting edge with a vertical blade to the other side. At the bottom of the shaft is a flattened thick rim which once would of held a wooden hilt. Some beautiful blue patination is visible to the underneath of the axe

Date: Circa 1800 - 600 BC
Condition: Excellent Condition.


SKU: LD-385 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 827.8 g
Dimensions L 19.1 x H 8.5 cm



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