A Luristan spike butted bronze ceremonial axehead, ca 1200 - 800 BC

cast using the lost wax method; a spike-butted axehead, the short, cylindrical shaft tube with three cords across each side, leading to three short, thick spikes.  The flaring blade has a convex cutting edge and is ridged on both long sides.  The highly curved non-functional blade carries ornamental, imitation cording that extends to the butt.   

Elaborate blades of this sort were used as parade weapons, as votives, and as attributes of cult statues. They may have been associated especially with the god Hadad.

Reference:  For similar example see: Mahboubian, “Art of Ancient Iran” (1997), 176, fig 191 and Moorey PRS, “Catalogue of Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum” (1971), 49-52, fig 16.

Condition:  loss of lower spike otherwise intact with good overall patina.  Presents very well and is an excellent addition to any ancient weapon collection.  Custom mounted. 

Dimensions: Length: .

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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