Luristan Axe Head
An ancient Luristan bronze axe head with a cylindrical shaft and flared blade with a figural scene on the back depicting a seated man embracing a dog with its tail between its legs.
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 a New York private collection; acquired from Sumer Gallery, 1980s.