Mesopotamian Lance Blade
An ancient Bronze Age Mesopotamian large lance blade with a long quadrangular tang and pronounced mid-rib.
Ca. 2000-1500 BC.
This lance blade coincides with the introduction of cavalry into Mesopotamian militaries in the mid-1st millennium BC. Mounted troops and chariots formed an important new contingent of the armies of Babylon and Assyria as they vied with the Hittites and Egyptians for control of the Middle East.
Cf.: Antiquities from Europe and the Near East in the Collection of Lord McAlpine of Westgreen, (Oxford, 1987), p. 129, no. 17.19.
Formerly in an American private collection.