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Axehead with zoomorphic forms

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Axehead from Turkmenistan or Northeast Iran with an asymmetrical splaying blade bursting forth from a dragon's mouth. The socket terminates at the top in an eagle's head, and at the bottom in two overlapping winglike appendages. Elaborate ceremonial axeheads of this type, adorned with animals...

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By 1985: Eshagh Sakhaei, Brighton, MA; 1985: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Sakhaei, 27 February 1985. (Accession date: February 27, 1985)

Credit Line

Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Scythian?, Bronze Age, 2200–1800 B.C.


Max. length: 13.1 cm (5 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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