Luristan Bronze Shaft-Hole Axe


A fine Luristan axe modelled from bronze, featuring a simple unadorned cylindrical shaft with a flattened top. A central vertical perforation to the shaft, where the handle would have been fitted. The weapon displays an attractive cuprous blue-green patination.

Date: Circa 1500 - 1000 BC
Condition: Complete and intact, much of the axehead with a thin layer of encrustation.


SKU: AS-3419 Category: Tag:

Luristan 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 350 g
Dimensions L 13.5 x H 10.2 cm



Reference: For similar types, see items 4 and 5; Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum; PRS Moorey

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