This pair is part of a collection we are posting on the site. These are often misidentified as crossbow arrow ends. However, to our knowledge no such items have ever been found associated with crossbow bolts. These particular pieces went over the ends of the wooden ribs in large parasols. The protruding hooks put tension on the strings or straps that were attached to the skin of the parasol. This is a pair of parasol tips that look nearly identical except for one being longer than the other. The shorter one has rough edges on the socket and a split down the side. It is likely that it was once the same length as its partner. These are attributed to the Warring States period (475-221 BC). Please take a close look at this and the many other such pieces we have posted this week. They are very interesting indeed. These particular specimens are solid and heavy. The longer one weighs 32 grams and measures 10.3 cm in length. The socket is empty and measures just over 1 cm across. The shorter one is 8.1 cm in length and weighs 28 grams.