Central Asia, Tajikistan, Sugd/Sogdiana (also Sughdha, Sogdia), ca. 8th century BCE. A cast bronze axe head from a little-known ancient culture. The axe has a pleasing asymmetric form when viewed from the side, with a wide blade edge, a narrow area where it meets the socket, and another widening to accommodate the socket. Sugd centered on the city of Samarkand, and lay in the culturally fertile region that fostered trading relationships with Luristan, Bactria, Khwarezm, and China. Some of its most famous Bronze Age archaeological sites are Sarazm, in Tajikistan, and a mound near Bulunger, Uzbekistan. A weapon like this one was probably made to be buried with a warrior. Size: 6" W (15.2 cm)
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection
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