Spectacular Luristan Axe Head with a Solid Bronze Lion

Culture: Iran/Luristan
Period: 8th-7th century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 17.8 cm long
Price: Sold
Ref: 6191
Provenance: Private collection Jacob Acheroff, Paris prior to 1970. With a statement of provenance dated 28 April 1970. With an additional certificate and statement of provenance by A.M. Kevorkian dated 25 October 1975. Thence Swiss private collection Jean Olivier.
Condition: Wonderful green patina, on one side small corrosion holes in the shaft. Otherwise intact.
Description: Ceremonial axe head with a downwards curved blade and cylindrical shaft tube. On the back a solid bronze lion climbing the poll of the axe, its mouth wide open, the tongue visible. The muscular long neck with two rings. The legs diligently worked out, the long tail also fixed on the shaft. According to the accompanying confirmation of 28 April 1970 the object was found during the excavation in Kermānschāh. Of excellent quality. Mounted.