LURISTAN BRONZE AGE SPEARHEAD
Measurements: length - 36.2cm; blade length - 18.8cm
Description: Cast bronze spear-point with a triangular double-edged round-shouldered blade, a flat midrib and a conical shank that flares into a square-section and ending with right-angled bend of a thick tang. This ‘rat-tail’ construction inserted into wooden shaft reduced further splitting upon use. Spearheads of this type is more commonly found in the territories of ancient Western Persia (modern Iran) and were used through late Bronze Age into the Early Iron Age.
Reference: For similar examples see P. R. S. Moorey, A Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1971, item 84, p. 89.
A. MacGregor, Antiquities from Europe and the Near East in the collection of the Lord McAlpine of West Green, Oxford, 1987, p. 128-129.
O. W. Muscarella, Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988, no. 172, p. 103.
Period: circa 1200-800 BC
Condition: Very fine, with appealing green and olive patination. Well preserved. Tip and tang intact. Minor chips to the blade.