European Bronze-Age Spearhead

£ 650.00

A European Bronze Age cast bronze spearhead featuring a long central tubular socket and a leaf shaped blade with rounded terminals and a central raised rib. The bronze is covered by an attractive green and brown patination. Spearheads of this type are more commonly found in the territories of Northern Europe and Britain and were used through Late Bronze Age.

Date: Circa 2000-600 BC
Condition: Very fine condition, with surface patination and encrustation. Slight crack to the socket shaft.
Product Code: NES-151
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Although most Bronze Age spearheads were intended for practical use as weapons in war and hunting, archaeologists believe that some were designed as religious offerings. Spearheads of all kinds were attached onto long handles (normally of ash or pinewood), with those functioning as votive offerings usually ritually thrown into water. Indeed, several Bronze Age spearheads have been recovered from the River Thames. Size gives the best indication as to a spearhead’s intended purpose: smaller spearheads usually were projectile weapons, whereas larger ones were thrusting weapons. The largest of spearheads were probably ceremonial, on account of their impractical size, with decoration and barbs serving as further indications of their ritual purpose.

To learn more about art and culture in the Bronze Age, visit our relevant blog post: The European Bronze Age.

Weight 171.8 g
Dimensions L 23.3 x W 3.6 cm



Near East (Western Asiatic)

Reference: For similar: The British Museum, London, item 2008,8012.1

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