cast using the lost wax method; a spike-butted axehead, the short, cylindrical shaft tube with three cords across each side, leading to four 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: intact with good overall patina. Presents very well and is an excellent addition to any ancient weapon collection. Custom mounted.
Dimensions: Length: 9 1/2 inches (24 cm)
Provenance: Private California collection, acquired from Malter Galleries in early 1980s.