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MX1602

An Elamite Bronze Axe Head, ca. early second millennium BC

The relatively long round socket of this axehead is reinforced at its base by two ribs of molding with incised herringbone pattern, while the upper end of the socket is concave. It has a vertical shaft with a rounded top at the rear that suggests a stylized animal head.  It is a continuation of the reinforcing molding around the socket and to which the thongs binding the axe shaft to the socket were tied. At the front of the upper end is a short, curved rise. A protuberance on the rear of the socket is set near the top below the upper molding. The flat, splayed blade projects from the upper part of the socket; its reinforced upper and lower rear concave edges curve out and back to form a large crescent-shaped cutting edge, which is not sharp and is nicked in places so may have been used.   

For related example see:  Oscar White Muscarella, Bronze and Iron. Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1988), p. 234-235.

Dimensions: Height: 3 1/4 inches (8 cm), width: 4 3/4 inches (12 cm)

Condition:Intact and in excellent condition overall, with scattered blue-green patina. Presented on a museum-quality custom mount.

Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired 1960s-80s.

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