Luristan Bronze Axe Head
An ancient Luristan bronze axe head with curved cutting blade. Incised rings encircle the base of the shaft; a raised ridge on the shaft is incised with lines terminated in a spiral.
Ca. 1st millennium BC.
Luristan objects, including impressive and numerous decorative bronze horse trappings and weapons, are found mainly in western Persia. Luristan artifacts are most likely the work of the ancient Medes, an Indo-European group that eventually dominated Persia.
cf.: 7000 years of Iranian Art, (Smithsonian Institution, 1964), p. 134, no. 136.
Formerly in Pennsylvania private collection, acquired at Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, December 4, 1979, lot 5.