Etruscan Bronze Spear Blade

Etruscan Bronze Spear Blade

An ancient Etruscan socketed bronze spear blade with a faceted shaft pierced on either side.

Etruria, Northern Italy.
Ca. 8th-7th century BC.
Height: 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm).

Bronze spearheads of similar shape have been found in Etruscan tombs, where they may have had a symbolic function. The deposition of arms and armor in graves may have symbolized the high social status of the deceased, usually a male, perhaps as a member of the warrior elite.

Cf. Bristol Museum inv. no. FT1843

Formerly in a Montreal private collection.

Inv#: 7255


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