Axe-Head by Unknown Artist

Bronze axe head, inlaid with silver, representing an ibex attacked by a tiger, who in turn is attacked by a boar.

Details

Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
18 cm
Acquired in:
1912
Presented by:
Henry Oppenheimer through The Art Fund

It seems certain that the axe was entirely cermonial as the edge is blunt. Initially thought to be related to the Bactrian art of 300-200 BC. Now attributed to 2500 to 2000 BC.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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