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25.09.2021

Spearhead

1200–800 B.C.

Bronze Age

The spearhead almost certainly comes from the Selborne/Blackmoor Hoard of Bronze Age objects found in 19th century Hampshire. The treasure was acquired by two great 19th century collectors, first by antiquarian George Roots and then by General A. H. Pitt-Rivers, an omnivorous collector particularly interested in British objects and also a noted archaeologist.

This spearhead represents the highest tradition of the British Bronze Age. The object is undeniably beautiful: its form is elegant and loose enough to resemble modern art. The spearhead is hollow and has two pin holes. This would allow the shaft of the spear to be replaced frequently without much difficulty; such a piece would be too valuable not to be used again and again. When the spear was donated to the museum, there was indeed a small section of wood left inside.

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