Axehead

Ax head with a cylindrical shaft-hole with four straight ribs at the back terminating in four long conical points. The upper and lower ribs form the top and bottom collars of the shaft-hole. An extension from the upper one joins the two central ones and runs into the blade as a single rib ending in an arrowhead. The upper and lower edges of the blade are strengthened by thickening. The upper edge slopes downward and the lower curves sharply around to form a broad, slightly convex cutting edge.

Historical period(s)
Iron Age I - II, 1000-800 BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 10 x 21.5 x 2.7 cm (3 15/16 x 8 7/16 x 1 1/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of The Duncan M. Whittome Revocable Trust in memory of Ambassador and Mrs. James S. Moose, Jr.
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1995.103
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Tool and Equipment
Type

Weapon: axehead

Keywords
casting, Iran, Iron Age I (ca. 1450 - 1250 BCE), Iron Age II (ca. 1250 - 800 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Ax head with a cylindrical shaft-hole with four straight ribs at the back terminating in four long conical points. The upper and lower ribs form the top and bottom collars of the shaft-hole. An extension from the upper one joins the two central ones and runs into the blade as a single rib ending in an arrowhead. The upper and lower edges of the blade are strengthened by thickening. The upper edge slopes downward and the lower curves sharply around to form a broad, slightly convex cutting edge.

Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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