Copper–based metal; H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76 (74.51.5283)
This copper-based spearhead originally was attached to a wooden shaft. Such weapons have been found in tombs that date from the Early Bronze Age to the middle of the Late Bronze Age. Terracotta models of sheathed daggers with flat tangs inserted into a wooden handleoften held in place with rivetshave also been found in tombs. Although there are no indications that the Early Bronze Age was a period of conflict on Cyprus, spearheads are frequently associated with burial contexts. The larger pieces may have been status symbols, or simply standard weapons carried by males who had need to be prepared for the dangers of everyday life. In the Early Bronze Age and later, daggers and spearheads placed in tombs were bent, or "killed," intentionally to ensure that they could not be used as weapons after burial.