Arrow and arrow point

Nubian
Meroitic Period
mid-2nd–early 4th century


Object Place: Sudan, Nubia, Meroe; Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, Meroe (Beg.)

Accession Number

24.963.3a-b

Medium or Technique

Wood, iron

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Archery, spears, javelins

One of seventy-three arrows with iron points found in the quiver 24.963.1. The shaft is a reed with notched butt (strengthened with a thread, 0.5mm band). A narrow black strip on the side of each butt is the mark where perhaps a single feather has been glued on (decayed organic fibers, perhaps feathers in the end of cylinder quiver). The upper end of the shaft is hollow and contains a wooden spindle. The spindle is a long pointed piece of wood with pointed and sunk 3-4 cm in reed. The top end was cut off and in it was sunk the shank of the iron point to the depth of 1-1/2 cm. This thick end had a narrow ring collar (iron?) to hold the arrowhead. The head seems to have been further secured by a lump of some material (not resin or glue), which has swollen out of shape. The iron point consists of a two barbed broad leaf point with painted shank and in one case an assymetrical two barbed point. N.B. May be poisoned arrows.

Provenance

From Meroe, west cemetery, tomb W. 122. 1922: excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition