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Elamite Bronze Ax Head with Recumbent Lion

Elamite Bronze Ax Head with Recumbent Lion

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Metalwork: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1390967

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Elamite Bronze Ax Head, ca. 3rd / Early 2nd Millennium BCE. Cylindrical shaft with recumbent lion asleep on handle. 3 1/2' x 4 1/2" x 1". On custom stand height is 7". Ex: S. Beiner collection, Florida. Cf. Christie's South Kensington, Apr. 12, 2000, Lot 248. At least since the late Neolithic, elaborate axes (battle-axes, T-axes, etc.) had a religious significance and probably indicated the exalted status of their owner. Certain types almost never show traces of wear; deposits of unshafted ax blades from the middle Neolithic (such as at the Somerset Levels in Britain) may have been gifts to the deities.