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Axe-head: ANE.1.1963

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Current Location: Gallery 23




Cast copper-alloy socketed axe-head. Large numbers of weapons and tools of this period have been found in both tombs and shrines in Luristan. Some seem more functional than others: the cutting edge of this one is set at an angle to the handle that would make it difficult / impossible to use as a tool or weapon. It may, rarther, have had a ceremonial function, as an object that could be offered to a god in a sanctuary or placed in a grave to mark the status of the dead person.

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Length: 0.25 m

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1963) by Bluett & Sons Ltd.


Circa -1100 BCE - -901 BCE

Materials used in production

Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Cast (process)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: ANE.1.1963
Primary reference Number: 87566
Oldadmincategory: O
Oldobjectnumber: WAE.1.1963
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 28 April 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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