Ancient Near East, northwestern Iran, Luristan culture, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. An enormous bronze spear head cast via the lost-wax (cire perdue) process. The weapon has a broad leaf-shaped blade, a stocky diamond-shaped handle, a slender tang with a small attachment hook, and a shallow midrib which runs the length of the blade and handle. The large size of this spear head suggests this may have been used by a horse-riding warrior, enabling them to kill an opposing horse in one strike rather than with multiple strikes using a smaller weapon. Each component is enveloped in layers of russet and pale-green patina. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 3.1" W x 20" H (7.9 cm x 50.8 cm); 20.75" H (52.7 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: ex-private Green collection, York, United Kingdom
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Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, slight bending to overall form, fading to shallow midrib, with very minor nicks along blade edge, handle, and tang, otherwise intact and excellent. Light earthen deposits and wonderful green and russet patina throughout.