This piece 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 piece is 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.
This particular specimen is solid and heavy with a patchy green patina. It measures 7.5 cm in length and weighs 16 grams. The socket is empty and measures 1 cm across. There appears to be a series of geometric decoration under the patina. There are no signs of repair.