Bronze Age European Spear Blade
A Bronze Age European socketed bronze spear blade with a pronounced central mid-rib.
Bronze Age, Central Europe.
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.