Ceremonial Arrowhead

Date: 1437–39

Geography: probably Prague

Culture: Bohemian, probably Prague

Medium: Steel, copper alloy

Dimensions: L. 10 7/8 in. (27.5 cm); W. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm); Wt. 14.4 oz. (410 g)

Classification: Archery Equipment-Arrows & Quivers

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald S. Lauder, 1988

Accession Number: 1988.170


The kings' monograms suggest that these arrowheads were made in the royal armory at Prague, but the large size and elaborate decoration of these pieces indicate that they were used ceremonially rather than in battle. They may have been emblems of rank for officers of the royal household.