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Bronze spearhead

Period:
Early Cypriot III
Date:
ca. 2000–1900 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
length 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5283
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
Although there are no indications that the Early Bronze Age was a period of conflict on the island, spearheads are often found in tombs. They may have been status symbols or simply standard weapons carried by males who had to be prepared for the dangers of everyday life. The daggers and spearheads were bent intentionally to ensure that they could not be used as weapons after the burial.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4630, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1392, pp. 388-89, New York: Gilliss Press.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 79, pp. 55-56, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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