Ancient Parthian (Persian) bronze arrowhead, trilobate barbed form, 2nd century BC – 2nd century AD
Ancient Parthian bronze arrowhead, trilobate barbed form,
2nd century BC – 2nd century AD
arrow 3cm with stand 9cm
Condition: bronze is good, seriously deformed from a collision.
These triangular arrowheads with long barbs are particular to the Parthian Empire – the ancient ‘Persians’. Starting in the mid-1st century BC, the Roman and Persian worlds collided – resulting in conflict between the cultures for 800 years, the Roman-Persian Wars. While the places they fought contain these arrowheads and others, the barbs prove a Persian origin. This particular arrowhead has hit its mark, showing clear signs of a serious collision that has deformed it – perhaps with a piece of Roman armour?