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Copper alloy shaft-hole axe-hammer head, decorated with four elongated stylised snake's heads; top of shaft flanked by a pair of elongated animal's heads facing away from the hammer-head; lost-wax cast
- Production date
Length: 5.13 inches
Width: 4 inches
- Curator's comments
- Comparanda: Harper et al. 1992a, 12, no. 56.
This type of hammer-axe is commonly found in Bactria and south-east Iran but Calmeyer (1969, figs 38-39) illustrates a number reportedly found in Luristan and acquired in Nihavend. Another was excavated at Susa and bore a cuneiform dedicatory inscription of the Mesopotamian king Shulgi (2094-2047BC) who controlled part of Elam.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
G2/77, from 13 Apr-Dec 2006.
G52/IRAN/2/17, from official opening 17/11/95-6/12/05.
G49/IRAN/4, 16 Jun-23 Dec 1994.
Iranian Room [IR] C/2, Jul 1975-ca 1990.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The acquisition of this collection was highlighted in the 'Annual Report of the General Progress of the Museums for the year 1936' (BM BM (Natural History) 1937, pp. 10-11) as "A large collection of pottery, terracotta figurines, bronzes, seals and amulets, mainly from Persia, varying in date from before 3000 B.C., and for the most part from known sites; specially selected to illustrate periods not hitherto represented, or inadequately represented, in the collection".
- Middle East
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