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LOT 0296

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GBP (£) 400 - 600
EUR (€) 470 - 700
USD ($) 490 - 740

Price
£360 (EUR 420; USD 442) (+bp*)

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BRONZE AGE SPLIT SOCKET SPEARHEAD WITH COLLAR
2000-1750 B.C.
10 1/2 in. (152 grams, 26.5 cm long).

A copper-alloy spearhead with leaf-shaped blade with flattened mid-rib and slightly squared shoulders, spilt socket and fastening collar to the socket.

PROVENANCE:
Acquired 1980-2015.
Ex Abelita family collection.

LITERATURE:
See Schaeffer, C.F.A., 'Les fondements préhistoriques d’Ugarit' in Ugaritica, IV, Paul Geuthner, Paris, 1962.

FOOTNOTES:
The spearhead with split socket gained popularity in the Near East by replacing the earlier tanged variants in many regions. This is best seen in the Levant, particularly at Byblos and Ugarit. At Byblos, production exploded around 2000 B.C., and c. 480 weapons were deposited mainly between 2000 and 1750 B.C. Socketted spearheads with split socket are among the principal categories at both Byblos and Ugarit. The use of a base collar is attested on at least three MBA spearheads from Ugarit - but the majority do not have such collars. Similar spearheads were also characteristic of the Transcaucasian Trialeti culture during the same period.

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