A large axe head of the halberd type, with a crescent-shaped blade. The central element of the axe head is the mask of a lion, from which a fan-shaped bundle of leaves emanates; it has been suggested that this imitates the lion's mane. Along the upper edge of the blade, on either side of the lion's mask, a row of sawtooth lines is engraved, forming dotted triangles. A tube was added on top to attach the blade to the handle; this is adorned by a lion, lying with its head towards the top of the weapon, its tail curled towards its back.
Early first millennium B.C.
Width 19.5 cm.
French private collection, circa 1980.
Intact; a small rectangular area on one side where a label once was stuck to the object.