Lot 1575: Western Asiatic Bactrian Decorated Axehead
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 24th-20th century BC. A bronze axehead with narrow straight blade, slightly flaring towards the cutting edge, the shaft decorated on the sides with an eagle with spread wings and head in profile, prominent long curved beak, surrounded by two snakes; additional snake and two smaller eagles to the back. 268 grams, 12.8cm (5"). Private collection, London, UK; formerly with Persepolis Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK; with Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, UK, 1 May 2013, lot 155a; acquired in the 1970s.
Condition Report: Fine condition. Very rare.