Villanovan Bronze Spear Blade

Villanovan Bronze Spear Blade

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

Northern Italy.
Ca. 8th - 7th century BC.
Height: 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm).

Bronze spearheads of similar shape have been found in Villanovan 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#: 7293

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