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LOT 1315

Estimate
GBP (£) 200 - 300
EUR (€) 230 - 350
USD ($) 240 - 360

Sold for (Inc. bp): £260

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LARGE NORTH-WEST PERSIAN SPEARHEAD
CIRCA 1ST MILLENNIUM B.C.
19 3/4 in. (612 grams, 50 cm).

A massive bronze spearhead with long tapering blade having rounded shoulders and prominent mid-rib, the tang bent over at tip with round stud terminal.

PROVENANCE:
Abelita family collection, 1980-2015.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Christie's, The Axel Guttmann Collection of Ancient Arms and Armour, part 2, London, 2004, item 40, p.36, although classified as a dagger blade.

FOOTNOTES:
The metalworking techniques used in making bronze weapons in early Iran were very complex. Surfaces were often finished in repoussé work, and some of the weapons were chased, others engraved. The ruling elites of warrior horsemen were buried in the graves with their weapons and horses.

CONDITION