An early Mesopotamian bronze axehead, late 3rd millennium BC

cast using the lost wax method;  shaft hole axe head with plain cylindrical shaft, its upper edge strengthened by thickening.  The blade, relatively narrow at the socket, broadens out into a slightly convex cutting edge.  The upper edge of the blade is in line with the top of the shaft.

Reference:  For related example see:  Moorey PRS, “Catalogue of Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum” (1971), plate I, fig 4, pages 40 - 41.

Condition:  intact with good overall patina.  Presents very well and is an excellent addition to any ancient weapon collection, with museum quality custom mount. 

Dimensions: Length: 5 3/4 inches

Provenance:  The Nourollah Elghanayan Collection of Ancient Art, assembled 1950-1970's.  Nourollah Elghanayan (1915 - 2009), NYC, Iranian-born businessman started buying land in Manhattan in the 1950s and 1960s focusing on Manhattan property on Second and Third avenues.  His sons turned the holdings into a booming real-estate business. Now, the family is worth $1.9 billion and has more than 20 million square feet of residential and commercial holdings to its name, split among two firms.


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