A CANAANITE BRONZE AGE WEAPON SET
Catalog:Bronze:Tools and Weapons: stock #1371309
Middle Bronze Age I; 2100-1900 BCE
This exquisite set consists of three of the most important short and mid-range Holy Land Bronze Age weapons, those without which the battle could not be won.
The broad blade of this sword tapers evenly to a point and is reinforced with a thin central midrib, which would become broader and more prominent in later periods. The blade terminates in a tang which would have originally been attached to a hilt.
THE JAVELIN BUTT
Designed as a piercing weapon this javelin would have originally been attached to a long wooden shaft by its curved tang to allow an enemy to be struck from a safer distance than a short-range weapon. In addition to being used in hand to hand combat the javelin had the added benefit of being able to be thrown. This is supported by the form of the butt which is thick and tapered to a point to allow it to pierce as deeply into the adversary as possible.
THE SPEAR HEAD
Also a piercing weapon this spear head would have been attached to a wooden shaft via the curved tang in the same fashion as the javelin butt. Unlike the javelin butt the spear head contains a blade that is not dissimilar in shape to a dagger or sword and indicates its similarities to these two weapons in function.
In excellent condition.
From a private American collection.
Yigael Yadin, ‚ÄúThe Art of Warfare in Biblical Lands: In the Light of Archaeological Discovery‚ÄĚ, (Jerusalem: 1963), 58-63.