Measurements: length - 44.3cm; blade length 32.6cm


Description: Cast bronze spear-point with a large leaf-shaped double-edged blade with a prominent rounded midrib that flows into short conical section at the base, from which springs the square-shaped tang ending with a ‘rat-tail’. Such a construction inserted into wooden shaft reduced further splitting upon use.


Reference: For similar examples see P. R. S. Moorey, A Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1971, item 85, 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. 396, p. 290.

The Metropolitan Museum


Period: circa 1200-800 BC


Condition: Very fine, with appealing green and olive patination. Nicely preserved. Tip and tang intact. Minor chips to the blade.

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