Luristan Spike Butted Bronze Pick Head


A Luristan bronze head of a pickaxe. It features a short, cylindrical shaft-hole cut away at the base, and is decorated at both ends with a ridged collar. The relatively long blade tapers very slightly to a rounded point, and there are three short spikes at the back.

Date: Circa 2000 BC
Condition: Complete and intact with earthy encrustations.

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Ancient Persian 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).

This form of pickaxe was used both in Syria and Mesopotamia in the late third millennium BC.

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

Weight 369.4 g
Dimensions L 22 cm



Reference: Cf. P. R. S. Moorey, 'Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum', 1971, items 32 and 33 and Plate 4.

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