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Object Number:B16690
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: Iraq
Archaeology Area: PG 789
Section:Near Eastern
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


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Ancient Mesopotamia: The Royal Tombs of Ur (1983 - 1998) View Objects in Exhibition
Middle East Galleries (21 Apr 2018) View Objects in Exhibition
Iraq\'s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur\'s Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jan 2017) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Horne, Lee C., and Zettler, Richard L. 1998. Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 166/Figure 140View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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