Mesopotamian or Persian heavy bronze axe headW157
A substantial and unusually heavy cast bronze axe head with a hollow shaft and curved blade. The top of the blade where it meets the shaft is decorated with a ridge proceeding into a long tapering groove along the blade.
Mesopotamia or Persia, mid to late 3rd Millennium BC
6.7 x 13.8 cms
Intact, ancient surface damage as seen in the photographs
Ex. private collection, Bonn, Germany; acquired in the late 20th Century
For a similar example please see PRS Moorey, Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum, 1971; catalogue item 2. Moorey notes that similar axes have been found in Ur, Susa and Luristan.