Luristan Bronze Flat Axe


A Luristan axe cast from bronze featuring a thin section and a rounded butt. The flat blade extends outwards towards the convex cutting edge with both of the pointed edges curved.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Provenance: Ex Abelita family collection, acquired 1980-2015.
Condition: Fine condition with green patination and earthly encrustations to the surface. Minor chips along the edges.

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SKU: CY-83 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 136.2 g
Dimensions L 21.5 x W 10.2 cm



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