Axehead with zoomorphic forms

Near Eastern, Iranian, Scythian?
Bronze Age
2200–1800 B.C.


Dimensions

Max. length: 13.1 cm (5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1985.22

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Axes, maces, clubs

Axehead from Turkmenistan or Northeast Iran with an asymmetrical splaying blade bursting forth from a dragon’s mouth. The socket terminates at the top in an eagle’s head, and at the bottom in two overlapping winglike appendages. Elaborate ceremonial axeheads of this type, adorned with animals or animal elements, are identified with the Bronze Age culture of West-Central Asia.

Provenance

By 1985: Eshagh Sakhaei, Brighton, MA; 1985: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Sakhaei, 27 February 1985.
(Accession date: February 27, 1985)

Credit Line

Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund