RARE AVAR ARROW WITH A COLLAR

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Measurements: 10.9 cm - length

 

Description: A rare barbed swallowtail Avar arrowhead complete with a collar for affixture – a very rare find. Avar warriors used them against Roman soldiers and other enemies. Avaric arrows could be fired up to 1500 feet. According to some historians, Avars introduced important military technology to Europe – an iron stirrup, which made the soldiers on horseback more secure and steady in the saddle. They also used a composite bow – skilled Avar riders at full gallop could shoot up to twenty arrows a minute.

 

Reference: Further reading on Avars: Frassetto, M., Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe: Society in Transformation, 2003., pg. 54-56.

Goetz, H.-W., Jarnut, J., Pohl, P., Regna and Gentes, The Relationship between Late Antique and Early Medieval Peoples and Kingdoms in the Transformation of the Roman World, 2003., pg. 471-505.

 

Provenance: Austrian private collection.

 

Period: 6th – 8th cent. AD

 

Condition: Very fine. With some areas of pitting to the surface and minor chipping to edges. Minor chipping to the edges of the collar.

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