Bronze spearhead

Period: Early Cypriot III

Date: ca. 2000–1900 B.C.

Culture: Cypriot

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: length 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.5283


Although there are no indications that the Early Bronze Age was a period of conflict on the island, spearheads are often found in tombs. They may have been status symbols or simply standard weapons carried by males who had to be prepared for the dangers of everyday life. The daggers and spearheads were bent intentionally to ensure that they could not be used as weapons after the burial.