An important bronze lance with engraved glyphs near the blade, Turmenistan / North Eastern Persia, ca. 1000-600 BC.
A very elaborate and efficient bronze weapon, a sharp leafshaped and very deadly blade, hammered from a trapezoid long shaft which evolves into another rectangular part of the shaft, and ends in a fishtail finial with line engravings. This last small part was likely the tang of the weapon, which would have been inserted in the pole in antiquity. It's the first time we've seen this elaborate type of lance and it could be for large game animal hunting.
As something wonderful and highly unusual, there are engraved symbols, that looks like a sort hieroglyphs (a human eye (?)) on each side of the shaft.
Size: 46 cm - massive lance and very heavy.
Condition: Superb! The lance has been cleaned, and is of exceptional metal for the age and type. Scattered patches of green surface dust patination.
Ex. Danish private Collection