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Axe head

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Axe-head, curved blade emerging from the mouth of a lion mask strapped to haft with three braided ropes, such as also outline the back of blade, mouth and eye of mask and form a dart-like decoration down center of blade. Copper bronze, with green patina.

Provenance

From Luristan, 1930: purchased by the MFA through Mr. Upham Pope.* (Accession date: August 7, 1930) *Ninety-five objects, numbered 30.544-30.637 were purchased as a group for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan, Iron Age, 10th–9th century B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 18.3 cm (7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

30.564

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Axes, Maces, Clubs