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Lot 113: A lovely Near Eastern bronze axe head

Auction 55: Fine Ancient Artifacts Winter Sale

by Ancient Resource LLC

December 4, 2016

Montrose, CA, USA

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  • A lovely Near Eastern bronze axe head
  • A lovely Near Eastern bronze axe head
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Description: A lovely Near Eastern bronze axe head, c. 1000 – 600 BC, cast, with cylindrical shaft-hole with four straight ribs at the back terminating in four long conical points. The blade curves downward with a flat cutting edge and is decorated with a floral element in relief extending onto the shaft-hole; the upper and lower edges are strengthened by flanges. A complex and attractive piece, more than likely a parade weapon. 7 ¾ in x 2 ¾ in (19.6 x 7 cm). Nicely patinated. CF. Moorey, Catalogue of Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum, p. 51, nos. 17 & pl. 2 for a near identical example. Ex Los Angeles County Museum of Art Deaccession.

Condition Report: The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Interested bidders are strongly encouraged to request a condition report on any lots upon which they intend to bid, prior to placing a bid. All transactions are governed by Ancient Resource LLC's Conditions of Sale.

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