13 June 2000
AN ELAMITE BRONZE AXE HEAD
circa 2100-1750 b.c.
The flaring blade with s slightly convex edge, the shaft socket with a profile lion in relief on either side, the mane with cross-hatching, its mouth open wide, its breath becoming the midrib of the blade, the tail curling up and filling the small blunt flange opposite the blade
75/8 in. (19.4 cm) long
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For a similar example in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art see no. 18 in Moorey, et al., Ancient Bronzes, Ceramics and Seals.
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