Luristan Bronze Shaft-Hole Axe with Cord Decoration

GBP 400.00

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Object Description

A beautifully patinated Luristan bronze axe head. The shaft was cast with decoration in relief to simulate the corded binding used in more ancient times when the blade had to be bound to the shaft. Ridged rim towards the top and a central rib running along the top. Beautiful glossy almost black surfaces with patches of green patination.
Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the area of modern South-Western Iran. In ancient times a number of nomadic populations, such as the Medes, the Kassites and eventually the Persians, 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.

Object History

From a collection of arms and armour, Cologne, Germany 1990-2005

Object Condition

Very Fine: Complete and intact with good stable metal.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    H:8.5 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James