Bronze lance head from the Near East

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From the collection of Prof. Ritschel, Salzburg, Austria, president of the local museum association, author of over 50 history books, decorated many times for his achievements.
Object: Spear or lance head

Material: Massive bronze

Date: About 2nd half second - 1st half first millenium BC
Late Bronze Age - early Iron Age

Description:    Blade shaped as a triangular leaf. With pronounced midrib with triangular cross-section and long thorn which was used to attach the blade at the shaft.

Size: Length 18 cm

Condition: Good condition, with polychrome patina and traces of corrosion.

Literature: R. Gonen, Weapons of the Ancient World. Littlehampton Book Services Ltd. (1975)
H. Born, Restaurierung antiker Bronzewaffen. Sammlung Axel Guttmann, Band II. Zabern Verlag (Mainz, 1993).

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2019 from the estate of professor Ritschel, Austria. Exported with the approval of the Austrian federal monuments office. Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Ritschel acquired his collection between 1960 and 1970 from international art dealers.

Prof. Ritschel collection: Professor Ritschel played an important role for the culture and historical heritage of Salzburg in Austria. He supported the town's cultural development with great commitment. For example, he sponsored the restoration of the Franciscan Church. As a president of the local museum association he was playing a key role in the erection of the Salzburg Museum in the Neue Residenz. The author and brilliant writer manifested his interest in history in over 50 books and 500 columns telling the story of Salzburg. He lived his passion to communicate history to a broader public. For his achievements Karl-Heinz Ritschel was decorated many times, for example in 1995 when the Republic of Austria awarded its Decoration for Science and Art.
Also his private collection of ancient art was impressive, focussing on Roman pottery, glass, bronzes and portraiture. We have taken great care to prepare the apparently unpublished pieces with our usual high claim to quality. Now we would like to give them back to the commitment and care of a well-managed collection.

Authenticity: We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every artefact, all items are subject to our lifetime return policy on authenticity.