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Shaft-hole axe head

Early–Middle Bronze Age
late 3rd–early 2nd millennium B.C.
4.06 x 6.46 in. (10.31 x 16.41 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Vladimir S. Littauer Gift, Anonymous Gift and Rogers Fund, 1980
Accession Number:
Not on view
Acquired by the Museum in 1980, purchased from Bruce and Ingrid McAlpine, Works of Art, London.
Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 111 (July 1,1980 - June 30, 1981), p. 23.

Pittman, Holly. 1984. Art of the Bronze Age: Southeastern Iran, Western Central Asia, and the Indus Valley. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 27-30, fig. 7.

Glassner, Jean-Jacques. 1993. "Le roi prêtre en Mésopotamie, au milieu du 3° millénaire – mythe ou réalité?". In L'Ancien Proche-Orient et les Indes : parallélismes interculturels religieux : colloque franco-finlandais les 10 et 11 novembre 1990 à l'Institut finlandais, Paris. Studia Orientalia 70, p.10.
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