Of maximum size and with complete, exquisite preservation, this large, EXTREMELY RARE ancient copper harpoon spearhead comes from the Copper Hoard Culture of the ancient Indo-Gangetic Plain. These harpoons are so unique that they are known ONLY from this region and culture with their massive proportions and dramatic barbs on both sides. It is not exactly known what these were used for and while it is theorized they were for fishing, their enormous heft and size seem overkill for that purpose. Spearheads like these would have made terrifying weapons, able to inflict incredibly nasty and lethal wounds if used on an enemy warrior.
These are scarce weapons on the open market. Very few Gangetic Copper Hoard harpoons of this size and complete preservation quality are ever seen available for sale. They are one of the most impressive weapons of any culture of the ancient world. Their appearance is both, eerie and aesthetic. We have handled thousands of ancient objects of all cultures, over the past 3 decades and yet, this is one of only three of these we have personally encountered in this condition and size. This amazing ancient weapon is the FIRST we have offered in our history of selling many of the finest ancient militaria. It is truly museum-class and will greatly enhance any collection, as well as impress ALL that experience it in person!
This artifact has been professionally cleaned and conserved in our lab, being treated with a special sealer developed and formulated by us specifically for ancient metal preservation. The patina shows beautiful traits only found in authentic ancient weapons such as a layered mineralized patina with encrustations. No active bronze disease. Bronze disease can be a problem in bronze artifacts and untreated, it can literally eat away an artifact over a matter of years and destroy the piece.
WARNING: There is an increasing number of fake "ancient" bronze weapons on the market. As fine quality intact, original specimens become more scarce and techniques have become more sophisticated to fake these weapons. We have personally handled numerous extremely well-done fakes with extremely convincing patinas. The degree to which the fakers have been able to replicate patina to disguise their work requires an expert examination by highly experienced individuals. It is common to find very reasonably priced weapons that are made up of part original and part modern components or wholly modern pieces displaying elaborate artificial patinas. All purchases should include from the dealer a written guarantee of authenticity with unconditional and lifetime return policies regarding such guarantee.