London, South Kensington
25 April 2001
A CENTRAL EUROPEAN COPPER ALLOY LEAF-SHAPED SPEARHEAD
BRONZE AGE, LATE 2ND-EARLY 1ST MILLENNIUM B.C.
The blade decorated with chased triple chevrons and 'tassle terminals' along the mid-rib and eight half spirals on either side, with chevron design between two bands on the 'dowelled' shaft
16¾ in. (42.7 cm.) long
Formerly in the Lt. Gen. A.H.L.F. Pitt-Rivers collection. Paper label inscribed in ink: "Bronze spear, Hungary, Bt of Talbot Ready p1276".
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Antiquities from Europe and the Near East in the Collection of Lord McAlpine of West Green, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1987, p. 94, no. 8.5.
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