Object Number:30-38-55
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iran
Luristan Province
Section:Near Eastern
Length: 20 cm
Width: 8 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Arthur Upham Pope, 1930


Bronze. With triangular blade and projection at back of socket. A dragon's head with long projecting tongue like an arrow adorns the upper part of socket towards the blade. A small lion is crouching on the reinforced upper ridge of the blade. At the back of the socket are four lance heads linked by a rope between two small ibex heads. The legs of the ibexes rest on the socket between five rings of ligature.

Legrain publication: "Bronze axe. Elegant weapon with fine reliefs. The triangular blade reinforced by a ridge, has a hook at the lower edge, and is attached by a thin bridge to the socket. A gaping dragon's head in relief adorns the socket at this point and its long arrow-like tongue reaches the middle of the blade. The upper edge has, moreover, a small crouching lion in the round. Four spears links by a rope project at the back of the socket between two ibexes' heads. The four legs of the animals in relief on the socket between the rings. 229 x 76 mm."

Ackerman: Gallery V, Panel 4, Object Q – Axe-head

Underside of blade deeply curved; held in gaping jaws of lion’s head; on top of blade small lion walking in the round; on back of socket four prongs with deer’s head above and below, bound by simulated cords which converge into single cord on blade, terminating in arrow-head. L. 8 ¾ in.


[Catalogue, Exhibition] Ackerman, Phyllis. Apr 1940. Guide to the Exhibition of Persian Art.. New York. The American Printing Company of New York. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg 111, Object QView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Legrain, Leon. 1934. Luristan Bronzes in the university museum.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 17/ Pl. XV, 47View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] 1934. "Catalogue". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. Volume Supplement. no. 1934. pg. 12-20 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pl. XV, fig. 47View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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