Measurements: item A: 12.8 cm – length, item B: 10.6 cm – length, item C: 12.9 cm – length


Description: A selection of hand-forged trilobate Avar arrowheads. Item A is a large trilobate bladed arrowhead with elongated tang for insertion into a wooden shaft. Item B is a small trilobate bladed arrowhead with elongated tang for insertion into a wooden shaft. Item C is a trilobate bladed arrowhead with one hole in each blade, with elongated tang for insertion into a wooden shaft. Trilobate arrows were widely used for their armour-piercing qualities and lightweight, which permitted a more portable bow. Avar warriors used them against Roman soldiers and other enemies. 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.


Provenance: Austrian private collection.


Reference: Frassetto, M., Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe: Society in Transformation, 2003, 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, 471-505.


Period: 6th to 8th century AD


Condition: Item A: very fine, with areas of pitting forming holes on two of the blades and some minor chipping to edges. Item B: very fine, with minor pitting and very little chipping to edges. Item C: very fine, with some pitting and chips to the edges.


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