Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Spearhead and Storage Case (清 矛頭)

Date:
17th–18th century
Culture:
spearhead, Chinese or Mongolian; case, Tibetan
Medium:
Steel, gold, leather, copper, possibly cork, wood
Dimensions:
L. of spearhead 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm); W. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); L. of case 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); W. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.206a, b
Not on view
With its pure form and clean lines, this spearhead shows a level of quality and refinement usually reserved for the best sword blades and seldom found on spears or other staff weapons. At the base of its socket there is a braided ring realistically chiseled in high relief. Engraved just above it is a design of a mountains and waves, a symbol of longevity called the Islands of the Immortals.
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, 182, no. 86, ill.

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