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.