Harpoon Head



Copper alloy harpoon now heavily corroded. At one end is a barbed head, with a single curved backed tooth near the centre on same side, and three teeth for attachment to a line near the end. Provenance unknown but of the same type as Petrie Museum UC30335 dated to the 1st Dynasty. Wellcome Historical Medical Museum accession number 128803. Purchased by Webb for Wellcome at Stevens's Auction Rooms, 15 October 1930, lot 704, "Two flat bronze axes, 3 barbed harpoons, rare; a valve of a mould, and an Arab bowl". These are WHMM nos. 128801-6. Compare with WMF Petrie (1917) 'Tools and Weapons' pl. XLIV no. 33.