Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
10th–9th century B.C.
Length: 18.3 cm (7 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Axe-head, curved blade emerging from the mouth of a lion mask strapped to haft with three braided ropes, such as also outline the back of blade, mouth and eye of mask and form a dart-like decoration down center of blade. Copper bronze, with green patina.
From Luristan, 1930: purchased by the MFA through Mr. Upham Pope.*
(Accession date: August 7, 1930)
*Ninety-five objects, numbered 30.544-30.637 were purchased as a group for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission.
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund