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LOT 0323

Estimate
GBP (£) 500 - 700
EUR (€) 600 - 840
USD ($) 680 - 950

Opening Bid
£450 (EUR 538; USD 613) (+bp*)

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Marlik Decorated Spearhead

14th-10th century BC

A bronze spearhead with projecting midribs, long folded socket, decorated by concentric horizontal lines at the base and beneath the blade, horizontal triangles and vertical grooves along the shaft; triangular blade with round shoulders, ornamented by vertical lines running parallel to the midrib; pair of holes on the lower part of the shaft for attachment to a wooden haft. 562 grams, 55cm (21 3/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Ex important Japanese collection, 1970s-2010.

Literature
See similar typology in Khorasani, M.M., Arms and Armour from Iran - The Bronze Age to the End of the Qajar Period, Tübingen, 2006, p.626, cat.271.

Footnotes
The spearhead, cast in one piece, belongs to the type VIII, subtype B (triangular blade) of the Khorasani classification. Similar spearheads were excavated by Dr. Negahban in the Marlik necropolis (tomb 1, trench III D) and are preserved in the National Museum of Iran, Teheran.