Luristan Bronze Spike-Butted Axehead


An impressive cast bronze Luristan spike-butted axe head. The weapon features a cylindrical shaft-hole with four ribs extending into spikes that terminate with cone-shaped caps. The ribs of the shaft-hole flow seamlessly onto the blade converging at the neck. The blade extends out in a pronounced downward curve, formed by a narrow neck and an arched heel. The surface of the axe is decorated with an engraved geometric pattern comprised of hatched bands. Some patination and earthly encrustation remain on the surface.

Dimensions without the stand: L 19cm x H 7.5cm

Date: 1250-650 BC
Provenance: Ex. collection of a London gentleman, 1990s.
Condition: Very fine condition. The axehead is intact with a slightly uneven blade edge, possibly due to the repeated whetting in antiquity. The piece comes with a custom-made stand.

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SKU: SK-162 Category: Tags: ,

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 numbers and in a variety of forms. They 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 474.5 g
Dimensions L 19 x W 7 x H 12.3 cm



Reference: For a similar weapon, The British Museum, item 135987

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