A MIDDLE BRONZE AGE SOCKETED SPEAR HEAD
Catalog:Bronze:Tools and Weapons: stock #1302332
Middle Bronze Age IIA, â€śAge of the Patriarchsâ€ť, c. 2000-1750 BCE
Made of cast bronze the socket of this spear head originally held a wooden shaft with which the spear was throne. The body of the spear head is reinforced with a midrib to provide extra support when striking. Conversely, its tip is slightly rounded which decreases its piercing ability. This seeming contradiction is in keeping with artillery development in MBA IIA whereas in the later Middle Bronze Age this tip would become more pointed, primarily in response to armor development. These elements therefore place this spear head at a dynamic time in the Middle Bronze Age arms race and should be viewed as a transitional example.
In very good condition, slight damage to one side of blade acquired in antiquity. Natural Holy Land patina present.
17 x 2.6 cm (6.69 x 1.02 inches)
Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Yigael Yadin, â€śThe Art of Warfare in Biblical Lands: In the Light of Archaeological Discoveryâ€ť, (Jerusalem, 1963), p. 61-62.
â€śThey will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.â€ť (Isaiah 2:4)