Ancient Greek Cypriot Bronze Dagger Or Spear Blade Bronze Age 2500-1600 B.C.
Ancient Greek Cypriot bronze tanged dagger or spear blade Bronze Age, circa 2500-1600 B.C.
DETAILS: A bronze combat Dagger or Spear blade , with a broad tapering double-edged blade with a flattened central rib flanked by two shallow fullers design for thrusting or cutting, extending into rectangular-section tang with a "hooked " terminal at the end for fixing firm to handle or shaft.
REFERENCES: For related blades please see:
4. Aegean Metalwork of the Early and Middle Bronze Age by Cf. Branigan, K. Oxford, 1974
4. Prehistoric Aegean and Near Eastern Metal Types by Soren Dietz, Thanasis J. Papadopoulos, Litsa Kontorli-Papadopoulou.
5. Ancient Art From Cyprus The Cesnola Collection by Vassos Kargeorghis
MEASUREMENTS:Overall length: 23 cm (9.6 inches)
CONDITION: In Excellent condition for an antique combat bronze spear that is over 3500 years old. No cracks or repairs. The surface is covered by its natural green patina and earth encrustation. There are some nicks from combat on the blade's edges, clearly indicating that the blade was used in combat.
Provenance: Ex Private old Canadian collection of antiques and antiquities formed in the 1980s.