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 1200 - 1000 BC
Condition: Complete and intact with earthy encrustations.

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SKU: AS-2084 Category: Tag:

Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the Zagros Mountains. In ancient times a number of nomadic populations, such as the Medes, the Kassites, settled in the area. Due to the nomadic nature of the tribes, none of the Luristan bronzes were of great size, since it was required for them to be light and portable. Their artwork mainly comprises ornaments, vessels and weapons. Cast spike-butted axes are hallmarks of Luristan bronze weaponry during the First Iron Age Period, between 1200 and 1000 BC. Most of Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts.

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: For similar item, see The British Museum, London, item number: 1936,0613.62

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