BRONZE SCYTHIAN ARROWHEAD -
Black Sea Region - Balkans
IRON AGE: 7th - 3rd CENTURY BC
This is a complete and
well-preserved bronze tri-lobate arrowhead from the Scythian culture.
The Scythians were masters of both horse and archery. They were
deadly with their small compound bows firing arrows from horseback
tipped with arrowheads such as this specimen. The small profile of
this arrowhead made it highly accurate when fired from a moving horse as
it was not as susceptible to crosswinds compared to broader-shaped
projectiles. NO RESTORATION
Scythians were a warring, nomadic people from the Steppe region that occupied the northern
Black Sea area in the Early Iron Age from 700 to 300 B.C.. They
ruled an enormous region in what is now the former Soviet Union.
Groups of Scyths penetrated as far west as Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria
and Prussia. Masters of both horse and bow and arrow, they are considered amongst the first of the great horse archers.
Small compound bows were used firing salvos of bronze tipped arrowheads
with uncanny accuracy while at full gallop. Their cavalry and
light horse-drawn wagons allowed them greater mobility than their
enemies. Scythian battle horses wore elaborate ornaments of
bronze, silver and gold. The horses were armored with handsomely
worked eyepieces and nose shields richly decorated with various animal
motifs. While most men had multiple horses, favorite mounts were
pampered and highly decorated. Because of their nomadic lifestyle,
Scythians were always close with nature and had deep respect beliefs in
the magical power of many beasts. Clothing and armor was decorated
with images of various animals (both real and fantasy) as well as
bronze, silver and gold pins and appliqués were used for protection.
Most important animals included panthers, lions, griffins and antlered
stags. The stag was believed to transport the soul of the dead to
the Other World. Often, elaborate renderings of the antlers is
used in their art.
The Scythians battled,
terrorized and influenced the cultures of the Assyrians, the Medes, the
Persians and the Macedonians. Scythian fighting techniques could
adapt to the moment allowing them to fight as a marauding band or as a
disciplined army, both mounted and un-mounted. Burial discoveries
have helped us to learn about their weapons and armor. Early
Scythian burials were cremations lacking any possessions but later
tombs were filled with items designed to be used in the afterlife.
These included items such as a bow, several dozen arrows, spears and or
javelins, defensive armor and swords.
NICE INTACT EXAMPLE
1.6" in length
INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX
Actual Item - One Only