London, South Kensington
6 November 2002
TWO NORTH-WEST PERSIAN BRONZE SPEAR BUTTS
CIRCA 800-600 B.C.
One of square-section tapered to a rounded end, the other more rounded in section, each with grooved cylindrical shaft ornamented with raised knobs, pierced with two holes in the socket for attachment to shaft, 13¾ in. (35 cm.) and 12 1/8 in. (30.8 cm.) long respectively; and a solid-cast bronze cudgel, with long square-sectioned head stepped at junction of tall stem, the head with chased ornament comprising registers of multiple arches and stylized sun-bursts, separated by bands of chevrons, flanged base, 2nd/early 1st millennium B.C., 19 in. (48.2 cm.) long (3)
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Cf. O. W. Muscarella, Bronze and Iron, Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988, p. 392, nos. 518-519 for related examples to items one and two.
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