Location: On Display in the Middle East Galleries

From: Iraq | Ur

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number B16690
Current Location Middle East Galleries - On Display
Provenience Iraq | Ur
Archaeology Area PG 789
Section Near Eastern
Materials Gold | Silver

Gold Spear Head (A); 3 gold Rings (B, C, D); 4 silver rings (E, F. G. H) Wood Shaft is restoration. Only 3 out of 4 rings included in restoration Associated Spear But is B17344

CBS Register: gold spear. point and 3 rigns of gold, 4 rings of silver.

This electrum spearhead is one of four examples from PG 789’s death pit. The shafts were decorated with gold and silver bindings. Although the wooden shafts were not preserved, Woolley estimated their length from the distribution of the bindings as 92 cm. Two of the shafts had butts from which projected copper “forks,” which Woolley described as string notches for throwing thongs. Woolley reasoned that the length of the weapons , as well as their lightness and the fact that two of them had throwing forks, indicated that they were throwing spears or javelins similar to those used by the warriors in chariots depicted on the Standard of Ur. The electrum spearheads were found near four others of copper or bronze and with what might have been the remains of a quiver and a shield.

Length 93.4 cm
Width 2 cm
Credit Line British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1928
Other Number U.10411 - Field No SF

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