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LOT 1303

Estimate
GBP (£) 120 - 170
EUR (€) 140 - 200
USD ($) 160 - 230

Opening Bid
£108 (EUR 129; USD 147) (+bp*)

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Western Persian Socketted Spearhead

9th-7th century BC

A small bronze spearhead with ovate blade, strong midrib and socketted shaft with fastening holes. 101 grams, 31cm (12 1/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Ex Abelita family collection, 1980-2015.

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.632, cat.284; see also Negahban, E., Weapons from Marlik, Berlin, 1995, pl.X, nos.129-130.

Footnotes
Excavated examples from Amlash with the same blade shape and long shaft were published by Dr. Negahban. Moorey stated that sockets as long, if not longer than the blade, were a characteristic of West Iranian spearheads in the late 2nd and early 1st millennium BC. A similar spear head from the Tappeh Sialk was dated to 9th-7th century BC.