Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Spearhead (明/清 矛頭)

17th–18th century
Steel, gold
L. 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm)
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
Not on view
Despite its heavy surface patina, this spearhead is very similar to the adjacent example in for the form of its blade and the presence of a realistic braided ring rendered in chiseled steel (here at the midpoint, rather than the base of the socket). At its base there is a collar of stylized lotus petals and a ring of the trefoil-like ju'i motif. The surface above this is damascened in gold with simplified designs of flaming pearls and mountains and waves.
La Rocca, Donald J. "Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet." In Warriors of the Himalayas. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 1, 2006. pp. 174, 183, no. 87, ill. p. 183.

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