German or Austrian
Steel, inlaid with brass
Ex coll.: William H. Riggs, Paris
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913 (14.25.321)
Spearheads such as this one were used for hunting various types of large game, especially wild boar, deer, and bear. The protruding wings on either side of the base were intended to check the forward momentum of a charging animal, keeping it at a safe distance from the hunter. The fine brass inlay decorating the spearhead is a reminder that hunting was a favorite pastime of nobility during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.