Luristan Bronze Axe
An ancient Luristan bronze axe head with an integral socketed cylindrical shaft and perpendicular blade, with incised bands and a large knob on the back.
Ca. 1500 - 800 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. These ceremonial standards with elaborate finials must have played a significant role in the religious culture of the region, and several examples have been excavated from burials.
Formerly in an English private collection; Sotheby's, London, December 10 -11, 1984, lot 139.;subsequently, M. D. collection, Ohio.