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**Originally Listed At $250**

Luristan, modern-day Iran, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. A diminutive lost-wax cast bronze axe head with a simple blade curved on its lower edge and flat and unsharpened along the top, and a round socket with no butt. Ancient Luristan was a series of parallel fertile valleys in northwestern Iran in the Zagros Mountains. The level of artistry displayed in their bronze work is much finer and more ornate than any of their contemporaries. This is all the more remarkable considering that there is a lack of native copper ores in that region, so Luristan must have been part of a wide trading network - and indeed, we know that they had contacts with the Kingdom of Elam, Mesopotamia, and Anatolia. Size: 3" W x 2.05" H (7.6 cm x 5.2 cm); 4.95" H (12.6 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Stagecoach, Nevada, USA collection; acquired from 1985 to present from galleries such as Arte Primitivo, Art For Eternity, Butterfields, and Riverbend Gallery

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Smooth patina on surface.

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Luristan Bronze Socketed Axe Head

Estimate $450 - $675Feb 25, 2019
Louisville, CO, USA