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Old 22nd June 2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Default Spearpoint of unknown origin

Hi forum,

I found this iron spear point between objects from Congo (acquired before 1940). It has most likely nothing to do with Congo or even Africa .
It measures 55 cm.

Anyone has seen this before?
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Old 22nd June 2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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Looks Indian to me.
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Old 22nd June 2012, 08:17 PM   #3
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Hello Pieje,

Your spear head is a so-called "Sinan" (not to bre confused with "Sipar", the Persian metall shield!) from Persia. I guess, it is from the late 18th or early 19th century. The material could be Jauhar. Characteristic is itss elegant shape, the decoratevely shaped root of the blade and the missing of a median ridge, in contrary to certain Indian spears. The chisseled snake can be often found on Persian arms, for example on Qama-blades. In my collection there is a Persian spear head from the times of shah Abbas the Great. It has two blades which are decorated with chisseled fishes. Between head and body there are two very fine engraved lines. That means that the fishes are dead. Therefore it was no problem to depict them (think of the prohibition to depict any creature in Islamic art), especially in times of the ultra religious shah Abbas.

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Old 22nd June 2012, 11:44 PM   #4
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Thanks Ronald!
I didn't spot any engraved lines between head and body, only some dotted lines on the shaft.
It's not a single piece of metal, the blade is fixed in that decoratively shaped base, hold by those 3 "screws" you can see.
Late 18th or early 19th century? That's really old if you only collect Congo material...
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Old 23rd June 2012, 07:02 AM   #5
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your spear point is Indian, without problems
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Old 23rd June 2012, 04:19 PM   #6
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Thanks.
Indo-Persian perhaps?
India is large, can you be more specific?
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