Etruscan Bronze Spear Blade
An ancient Etruscan socketed bronze spear blade with a faceted shaft pierced on either side.
Etruria, Northern Italy.
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.