Seller: grimstonian (2,951) 100%, Location: West Sussex, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 232139855270 Condition: Engraved Luristan spike-butted bronze axe head: Circa 1200-1000 BC., Type: Short-sword, Material: Bronze, Details: Description Engraved Luristan spike-butted bronze axe head. A Luristan bronze axe head; short cylindrical shaft-hole with four furrowed ribs leading to conically-tipped short spikes at the back. The blade initially narrow at shaft, then broadens into a slightly convex unsharpened edge. The upper and lower edges are strengthened by thickening. The blade decorated on each side with engraved geometric patterns with additional engraved patterns along the top edge. Length 22 cms (8.7 ins). Complete and intact with earthy encrustations around the shaft. Luristan area of Western Persia. Circa 1200-1000 BC. Spike-butted axes are hallmarks of Luristan's bronze industry in Iron Age I (c.1200-1000 BC) and this axe displays typical form and decoration from this period. Literature: Cf. P. R. S. Moorey, 'Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum', 1971, Plates 2 and 3, nos. 14-19. Also items 51 and 52; Luristan Bronzes in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. for more antiquities see the timesancient web-site (see me page above). Payment Payment by Paypal Shipping Proof of posting is obtained for all items (copy available on request). Items posted to UK: We will take responsibility for an adequate level of insurance. Countries outside UK: Items will be sent with insurance against loss in the post. If it is possible, we will also send with tracking, but not all countries have this possibility; if in doubt, you are welcome to check with us. Terms of Sale All items are guaranteed to be authentic, to date from the period stated, and to comply with the description provided, with no time restriction for return if not. We also offer a no-quibble refund if you are in any way unhappy with your purchase and it is returned in the same condition within 14 days. About Us You can also see the timesancient.com web-site for more antiquities and items of archaeological interest. We have been dealing in antiquities and items of archaeological interest since the early 1990s, and have sold thousands of items to collectors all over the World, including leading museums. TimesAncient is committed to the ethical purchase of all items of historical significance that we offer. We never knowingly engage in the purchase of objects who provenance or ownership history is deemed to be dubious. All ancient items offered for sale on our website are purchased from legitimate sources. These include old private collections, auction houses, legal finders and responsible dealers within the coin and ancient art market. Every item we sell is guaranteed to be authentic and to date from the period stated. Nothing beats the feeling of handling and owning an item created by humans in far-off history. Contact Us If you have any queries, please contact us using your eBay message board. Pictures sell! Auctiva Free Image Hosting.Show off your items with Auctiva's Listing Templates Auctiva, THE simple solution for eBay sellers.