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Ancient Near East, ca. late 3rd to early 2nd millennium BCE. A large and flat spear blade of a symmetrical composition. The broad, elongated blade is void of a central midrib, and the blade edges gradually taper to a slight rounded point. A short central insertion tang projects from a triangular shoulder and would have been inserted into a slender pole comprised of either wood, iron, or bronze. The entire surface boasts a sumptuous layer of russet- and blue-green-hued patina. The ancient Near East was a hotbed of copper-alloy weapon production, and many of these blades were made to be buried alongside dead warriors as grave goods. This is a particularly large and fine example. Comes with custom, museum-quality display stand. Size: 13.8" L x 2.25" H (35.1 cm x 5.7 cm); 5" H (12.7 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-English collection
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