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 ruyi motif. The surface above this is damascened in gold with simplified designs of flaming pearls and mountains and waves.
La Rocca, Donald J. Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 174, 183, no. 87, ill.
Artist: Andreas Munsten, German, Solingen, active ca. 1600, or Peter Munsten (German, Solingen, mentioned 1591–1627) Date: ca. 1620–30Medium: Steel, gold, iron, woodAccession: 04.3.7On view in:Gallery 376