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Spearhead: ML.1-1992

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Bronze spear head with a green patina, and mineral preserved organics in the socket. The blade appears as the tongue projecting from the jaws of a crocodile; possibly the gharial (Gavialis Gangeticus), commonly found in India and Burma. On the top of the head there is a rectangular projection pierced by a circular hole, and on each side of the socket there is a circular hole

Oval label printed in black with a tower and 'Malcolm Collection', inscribed in blue black ink 'A.2'

The edges of the blade and its tip are chipped, and there is a large chip in the socket.


History note: Major General Sir Neil Malcolm

Legal notes

Lent to the museum by Helen H. L. Whittow (nee Malcolm)

Measurements and weight

Length: 18 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Loan (1992) by Whittow, Helen H. L. (nee Malcolm)


Han Dynasty (BC 206 - AD 220)
Production date: AD 0220 : Han Dynasty, or earlier

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Identification numbers

Accession number: ML.1-1992
Primary reference Number: 206797
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Created: Wednesday 16 September 2015 Updated: Tuesday 18 April 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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