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Bronze spiked axe head

Spiked axe head. The spikes (or "fingers") on the socket are a typical characteristic of Luristan axes. The blade is often strongly bent. The "fingers" are sometimes modelled as animals, while in other case small animal figurines were added to the axe blade. Some of these spiked axes, found on the art market, bear dedication inscriptions of Elamite and Neo-Babylonian kings, indicating that they we…