A rare Near Eastern Bronze Crescent Axehead, ca. 1100 - 900 BCE
A rare Near Eastern Bronze Crescent Axehead, ca. 1100 - 900 BCE
A rare Near Eastern Bronze Crescent Axehead, ca. 1100 - 900 BCE
A rare Near Eastern Bronze Crescent Axehead, ca. 1100 - 900 BCE
A rare Near Eastern Bronze Crescent Axehead, ca. 1100 - 900 BCE

A rare Near Eastern Bronze Crescent Axehead, ca. 1100 - 900 BCE

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This distinctive type of crescentic axehead with a blade of bronze has often been reported from Luristan, where they appear to have been used primarily from about ca. 1100 to 900 BCE and is ultimately of Elamite or possibly Mesopotamian origin. Their decoration associates them directly with the spike-butted axes and adzes in use there at the same time. With this example, the short cylindrical shaft-hole is ridged at intervals and has a crouching lion rendered in the round along the burr. The transition from shaft hole to the blade is modeled as a full-faced lion's head with prominent angular eye ridges and open jaws from which emerge a fan of stylized feathers. It has been suggested the latter is the final vestige of a representation of the Sumerian lion-headed eagle Imdugud.

cf: Moorey, P.R.S. "Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Adam collection" (London, 1974), page 43-45.

Condition:  Professionally cleaned and stabilized revealing a fine red-brown surface with remaining areas of blue-green patina. Light pitting to the blade that does not detract, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.  Displayed on a custom lucite base.

Dimensions: Height: 7 5/8 inches (19.36 cm), Width: 4 inches (10.16 cm)

Provenance: Private Californian collection, acquired from Sands of Time in 2013, previously a private NYC collection, acquired from Royal Athena Gallery, NYC., 1980s.

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