IMPRESSIVE LURISTAN SPIKE-BUTTED AXE
Measurements: 24 cm − width
Description: An impressive Luristan cast bronze axe head with flaring and downward-curving blade, it has thick edges and ribbed tubular shaft socket with four butt-spikes. Spike-butted axes are hallmarks of Luristan's bronze industry in Iron Age I (1200-1000 BC) and this axe displays the typical form and decoration from this period. This item is mounted on a custom-made black wooden stand.
Reference: Christie's sale 7521, lot 115.
Moorey, P. R. S., Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum, 1971, Plates 2 and 3, nos. 14-19.
Watson, P., Luristan Bronzes in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 2011, fig. 15, nos. 51 and 52.
Period: 13th - 11th century BC
Condition: Very fine, intact, with earthy encrustations around the shaft and attractive green patination.