This sharpener handle consists of a tubular part, of round section, in which a limestone is inserted. The tube is pierced with holes in which chains or a metal rivet used to hold the stone in place. The handle is extended by a zoomorphic bronze sculpture in the round, shaped as a stylized Ibex. The symbolism of this ornamentation is probably of apotropaic or magical order, thus reflecting on the sharpened weapon.
Luristan art, Iron Age IIB circa 900-800 BC
Formerly in the collection Paolo Morigi (1939-2017), Lugano