SELECTION OF AVAR ARROWHEADS

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Measurements: item A: 13.8 cm – length, item B: 9.6 cm – length, item C: 14 cm - length

 

Description: A selection of hand-forged Avar arrowheads. Avar warriors used them against Roman soldiers and other enemies. These impressive arrowheads were made by blacksmiths with a three-winged point in order to inflict maximum damage and pierce armour. These 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. Price is per each item. Please e-mail a letter of your preferred arrowhead prior to your purchase.

 

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

 

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. Traces of whetting to the edges.

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