Axehead with zoomorphic forms

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World


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.


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