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LOT 1381

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GBP (£) 80 - 100
EUR (€) 93 - 117
USD ($) 97 - 121

Sold for (Inc. bp): £104

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LURISTAN SOCKETTED AXEHEAD
3RD MILLENNIUM B.C.
3 3/8 in. (194 grams, 86 mm).

A copper-alloy axehead with tubular socket and convex cutting edge. [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
Acquired before 1972.
Formerly with a central London gallery.
Property of a London gentleman.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Gernez, G., L’armament en métal au Proche et Moyen-Orient: des origines a 1750 av. J.C., Paris, 2007, fig.2.7, subtypes H2Cd, for the type.

FOOTNOTES:
This is an example of socketted axes with plano-convex blade, variant H2Cd of Gernez classification. Unadorned weapons, especially axes, adzes and picks, were made by Luristan craftsmen using simple clay or stone bivalve moulds. Typically, the metallic composition consisted of a combination of arsenical bronze and copper, together with a small percentage of lead.

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