Macedonian Iron Spear and Bracket
An ancient Macedonian massive iron socketed spear or Sarissa blade of elongated leaf-shape design with a pronounced central mid-rib, with a faceted cylindrical bracket that once joined two separate wood shaft lengths of the spear.
Ca. 330-300 BC.
The size of this spear is consistent with the long Macedonian pike known as a sarissa which according to ancient sources was constructed of two lengths of wooden shaft joined together and measured 5.5 meters in length.
Cf.: for a sarissa from the grave of a Macedonian warrior at Aigai, Vergina (Museum of the Royal Tombs of Vergina, BM 3014-16); M. Andronikos, "Sarissa," Bulletin de Correspondance Hellenique 94 (1975), pp. 91 -107, also "Alexander the Great," The Onassis Foundation (2004), p. 58.
Formerly in a the F. K. collection, California, acquired in the 1990's from a previous collection.