SET OF THREE
ANCIENT BRONZE LURISTAN WAR AXES
Afghanistan / Iran Region
AGE: 4000 - 3000 years ago
This is a FINEST
GRADE set of THREE Near Eastern ancient cast bronze war axes. Each
is a different type style of an elegant
design war shaft axe from the Luristan culture of the Bronze Age empire
of Ancient Iran. The former Bronze Age empire of ancient Iran once
spanned a large area from what is today eastern Iraq all the way into
western Pakistan, including all of present-day Iran and Afghanistan.
These superb specimens have no damage and each
features incredible deep color patina layers and mineral
encrustation. These specimens represent the absolute finest
quality one could find and the set of three comprise the best examples
of this ancient weapon we have ever offered! One of the axes has
engraved linear decoration wrapping around the back half of the upper
butt of the axe. This set consists of a type of axe that would
have been mounted on a wooden handle and employed by foot soldiers in
battle. These axes were highly effective and their heavy cast
design made for a deadly blow to both armored and unarmored opponents.
been professionally cleaned and conserved
in our lab, being treated with a special wax developed and formulated specifically for ancient bronze preservation.
The patina shows beautiful traits only found in authentic ancient
weapons. It is a patina like this that the finest ancient bronzes are prized for
and it is a patina like this that brings a premium in price and value of
the specimen. A fine investment-grade set of ancient weapons from this famous Bronze Age culture.
INTACT WITH NO RESTORATION and NO REPAIR.
The preservation of all three of these axes is
superb with no bronze disease.
Bronze disease can be a problem in bronze
artifacts and untreated, it can literally eat away an artifact over a
short time of a matter of years and turn the piece to powder.
There is an increasing number of fake Near Eastern (Luristan)
bronze weapons on the market. As fine quality intact, original
specimens become more scarce and techniques have become more
sophisticated to fake these weapons. We have personally handled
numerous extremely well-done fakes
with extremely convincing patinas. The degree to which the
fakers have been able to replicate patina to disguise their work
requires an expert examination by highly experienced individuals.
It is common to find very reasonably priced weapons that are made up of
part original and part modern components or wholly modern pieces
displaying elaborate artificial patinas. All purchases should
include from the dealer a written guarantee of authenticity with
unconditional and lifetime return policies regarding such guarantee.
term LURISTAN references artifacts made by a society of semi-nomadic
people that once lived in the mountainous region of Northwest
Iran. Little is known of this ancient culture but the most
impressive traces are that of the bronze artifacts they left
behind that can be found in parts of present-day Turkey, Iran and
Afghanistan. These include highly decorative equipment for their
horses, ceremonial containers and numerous weapons ranging from simple
utilitarian pieces on up to elaborate masterpieces of
is theorized that the Luristan bronzes were crafted by the earliest
existence of the Median empire
but this has never been proven as written records of the Medes have not
Medes were Indo-Iranian people originally from central Asia who settled
in Northwest Iran in the 9th century BC and later defeated the Assyrian
empire in 614 BC. Their success is short-lived and their empire
which once stretched from central Iran to the Persian Gulf and Anatolia
was overrun in 550 BC by the Persians.
INVESTMENT-GRADE SET OF THREE DIFFERENT DESIGN WAR AXES OF THE NEAR EASTERN BRONZE LURISTAN
SUPERB ANCIENT PATINAS
- 3.65" in lengths
Actual Item - One Only