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Bronze Harpoon Head - LO.1054
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 2800 BC to 1500 BC
Dimensions: 15.50" (39.4cm) high
Collection: Asian
Medium: Bronze

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: Great Britain
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Elongated saw-edged harpoon with four small hooks projecting from the shaft. Similar weapons have been sometimes found in hoards in the so- called DOAB area in Uttar Pradesh. Doab is a customary word for the intersection between two confluent rivers, in this case the Yamuna and the Ganga Rivers. Cast in moulds and mostly high- tin content copper alloys, the shape of these weapons would have been strongly influenced by Mesopotamian prototypes. They thus represent, besides seals and semi-precious stones, yet another interesting clues to the extent of cross- cultural fertilization between the Indus Valley civilization and the Sumers.

Reference: B. Allchin, South Asian Archaeology, Cambridge, 1984. R. Allchin, The Archaeology of Early Historic South Asia: The Emergence of Cities and States, Cambridge, 1995. Deo Prakash Sharma, Newly Discovered Copper Hoard, Weapons of South Asia (C. 2800-1500 B.C.), Delhi, 2002. - (LO.1054)


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