Bronze Age European Spear Blade

Bronze Age European Spear Blade

A large Bronze Age European socketed unusually shaped bronze spear blade with a pronounced central mid-rib.

Bronze Age, Central Europe.
Ca. 1200-800 BC.
Length: 10 3/4 in. (27.5 cm).

The inhabitants of Central Europe from Gaul to the Danube Basin in the second millennium BC coalesced into a culture identified in the archaeological record by large well defined cemeteries containing numerous cremation burials contained in cinerary urns. The graves were often accompanied by bronze tools and ornaments. The wealthiest burials were those of warriors and princes, often containing finely made bronze swords, spears, and adornments.

Cf.: W. Menghin, Hallstattzeit, (Berlin, 1999), p. 141, pl. 92.

Formerly in the P. M. collection, Germany, acquired before 1986.

Inv#: 6249


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