- Museum number
Socketed arsenical copper ceremonial axe-head; cast in a piece mould as indicated by flash-mark along the underside of the blade; two registers of overlapping scalloped decoration around the edge of the blunt crescentic blade; further scalloping at top and bottom of the shaft-hole; raised oval eyes on either side of the shaft-hole; rounded and blunt blade edge; small rivet hole below the eye on one side, to enable the attachment of this object to its haft.
- Production date
- 2000BC (about)
Diameter: 1.20 - 3 centimetres (of socket)
Height: 12.50 centimetres
Weight: 334 grammes
Width: 15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Closely paralleled by examples excavated at Shahdad; a seal impression from Susa, dating to 1950BC-1900BC, shows a similar axe being presented to an official by a king of Shimashki, in eastern Iran.
Sykes (writing from Meshed in Iran) to C.H. Read, 14/11/12 (letter in MLA correspondence):
"Re the collection of bronzes, I will leave the question until I come home next year when I can hand them over to you, keeping one or two or copies thereof for myself. I fortunately have a photo here of the original axehead & also of another wh[ich] I subsequently obtained. It belonged to the same find. Did I not show it to you? It is more interesting than the first. Please return me the photo & I should like a copy of your paper re the new axehead. Have you been able to date it? I will certainly look you up next year & consider that the bronzes are more suitable for the British Museum than for a private collection".
Further correspondence on this collection dated 8/1/14, 20/5/14, 4/1/14, 24/1/14 (thanking for receipt of casts of axes), mid-April 1914, 5/2/15, 9/2/15. The casts were eventually presented by Sykes to the BM (= 1934,0312.5 ).
- On display (G52/dc1)
- Exhibition history
G2/77, from 13 Apr-Dec 2006.
G52/IRAN/2/16, from official opening 17/11/95-5/12/2005.
G49/IRAN, 16 Jun-23 Dec 1994.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Correspondence in MLA on this collection, dated 14/11/12, 8/1/14, 20/5/14, 4/1/14, 24/1/14 (thanking for receipt of casts of axes), mid-April 1914, 5/2/15, 9/2/15.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number