PLEASE NOTE - THIS ITEM IS COLLECTION ONLY
Timeless are pleased to offer a superb collection of Ancient Arrowheads spanning almost 3000 years of warfare.
From left to right, the collection comprises:
- A stunning Ancient Greek Arrowhead of Mycenaean provenance. Cast in Bronze around 3000 years ago, this beautiful long-tanged arrowhead represents the advanced metallurgical skills of the final centuries of the Greek Bronze Age.
Mycenaean Greece with all its palatial states, urban organisation, works of art and writing systems, would soon disappear with the arrival of the mysterious Homeric Dark Age and the collapse of the Mediterranean civilisations.
- A firm favourite here at Timeless Galleries: the enigmatic little Viking Chisel-Bladed Arrowheads. Dating from the 9th - 11th centuries A.D. With a wicked cutting edge, they were used for both hunting and warfare.
- Third from left is a surprisingly delicate British Leaf-Bladed Arrowhead. The socket suggests that the arrowhead had a military origin, however, its true use is unknown. The arrowhead is of type MP2 (Jessop - A New Artefact Typology for the Study of Medieval Arrowheads), and dates from the 11th - 14th centuries A.D.
- While the European Forker is a relatively common find compared to many other types of 13th-century arrowhead, its use is still hotly debated. It has been suggested that the strange double-prong (with the inner 'V' being sharpened) was once used to cut ship's rigging in naval warfare. A more realistic suggestion is that the V-shaped blade prevents the arrowhead from skipping off the thick plumage of game birds. The arrowhead is classified as Type H1 (Jessop - A New Artefact Typology for the Study of Medieval Arrowheads).
- Lastly, this amazing collection includes a fantastic example of a Scythian Barbed & Tanged Arrowhead. Forged in bronze well over 2000 years ago. The Scythians migrated out of Central Asia and into the area of modern-day Crimea around 900-800 B.C.E, where they established a rich and powerful empire until they were destroyed by the Sarmatians in the 2nd-century B.C.E.
Framed in hand-finished driftwood, the outer dimensions are c. 82cm x 40cm.
Read about the evolution of medieval arrowheads here
ANCIENT ARROWHEAD COLLECTION
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2018. Formerly from a private collection of a gentleman, formed between 1965-1975.