|ELAMITE BRONZE SHAFT-HOLE AXEHEAD
With rounded lunate blade, curled protrusion at back. A sheep’s head projecting from the back of the shaft hole, the blade emanating from a serpent’s mouth.
Old Elamite, ca. early 2nd millennium BC
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.)
Ex B.S. collection, Grand Blanc, MI acquired from Royal-Athena in 1988.
Exhibited: Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, 1988-2008; George Mason University Art Museum, Fairfax, Virginia, 2008-2010; Fitchburg University Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, 2010-2011.
Cf. a similar example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession no. 65.145.1