Rome-Parthia Bronze Arrow Point Lapel Pin/Pendant AD200 $59.99 - SOLD
Large, Handsome Ancient Parthian (Eastern Roman Empire) Bronze Socketed, Vaned Arrowpoint (Lapel Pin/Brooch/Pendant). Second Century A.D.
CLASSIFICATION: Parthian Bronze Artifact, Large Socketed and Vaned Arrowpoint. Made into lapel pin or brooch upon request (no charge). Also can be made into pendant and mounted onto bronze, gold, or silver tone chain (no charge).
ATTRIBUTION: Eastern Roman/Parthian Empire (present-day Syria), Second Century A.D.
Length: 24 millimeters.
Width: 9 millimeters.
Weight: 1.29 grams.
Pin: Upon request, contemporary gold tone lapel pin or brooch pin (shown below).
Chain: Upon request, 18 inch bronze tone chain. Other chains available on request; gold and silver tone,; silver and gold electroplate; sterling, solid 14kt gold, etc., in lengths from 16 to 24 inches.
CONDITION: Very good. Sound integrity, no cracks, very light porosity (surface pitting caused by contact with earth while buried). Good finish. Professionally conserved.
DETAIL: This is very handsome, large, Parthian bronze socketed and vaned arrow point circa second or third century A.D. It was recovered in excellent condition, the point remains quite sharp. It was actually recovered from what was Roman Syria, due South of the Roman Client Kingdoms of Mesopotamian Parthia. One would safely presume it came from Parthian or Sassanian Mespotomia to Roman Syria. This specimen is by no means unique, as such arrowpoints are still today scattered across what used to be the easternmost provinces of the Roman Empire. However this is nonetheless a very nice specimen. The Parthians and their successors the Sassanians (founders of the Persian Empire) were renown for their expertise as archers. In fact the term, "parting shot" is actually derived from the practice of mounted Parthian archers while in retreat firing arrows at pursuers even while mounted at full gallop. It was known as a "Parthian" (not parting) shot.
Without damaging the artifact, it would be quite easy to cement a pin (securely - using jeweler's epoxy) onto and wear this handsome artifact as a lapel pin or a brooch (see below). We would be happy to do this for you, if you would like, at no additional charge. It could always be removed at a later date without damaging the artifact. Likewise if you were to request, we could cement a pin/bail to the inside of the socket, which would allow the arrow point to be mounted onto a chain and worn as a pendant - worn and enjoyed as an authentic "souvenir" of the Roman and Parthian Empires. We can provide a bronze, gold, or silver tone chain, upon request, at no additional charge. You can see an example below. The example shown (not this particular arrow point) is shown with a bronze tone chain, which would rapidly darken when worn so as to match the arrow point within a week or two. We also have available a wide variety of other chains in various metals including sterling silver and 14kt solid gold available in lengths from sixteen to twenty-four inches.
So as to stabilize the artifact and prevent further oxidation, the artifact has been sealed with an inert polish, which would protect your clothing from being stained. If you'd rather, upon request, we could mount the arrow point onto a framed display plaque (see it here), and it would make a great gift. The plaque narrates a brief outline of the history of the Parthians. It would make a great gift, for yourself or a friend, and would surely delight a son or daughter. It would not only make a very handsome display, but would be very educational as well. As you can see the arrow point evidences only moderately light porosity, and that is really only noticeable under magnification (as in the photo enlargements here). It does not exhibit the gross corrosion or porosity (surface pitting caused by burial) so common with most smaller ancient metal artifacts. The arrow point possesses a very nice, light tone, and there are no cracks, chips, or other impairments, cosmetic or structural, to the integrity of this artifact. Whether worn as a pendant or lapel pin, or displayed (perhaps on a plaque), this is a wonderfully evocative reminder of the glory and the grandeur which was the Roman Empire.
HISTORY: The Roman Province of Syria lay directly South of Mesopotamia and further North, Armenia. The Parthians, famous for their mounted archer warriors, had been a constant challenge for the Greeks as well as the Romans. The region was first conquered by the Romans under Emperor Trajan during the Parthian war of A.D. 114-117, although as early as 55 A.D. the Parthians and Romans had struggled over control of Armenia. Half a century later Marcus Aurelius (the elderly Emperor of "Gladiator") was engaged in another war against the Parthains. And yet again in A.D. 195 and 197-199 the Emperor Septimius Severus engaged the Parthians. In A.D. 224-226 the Parthian state was overthrown by the Sassanids who founded the Persian Empire. Their first Emperor Ardashir proved to be both aggressive and ambitious, aiming to wrest Mesopotamia, Cappadocia to the West, Armenia to the North, and Syria to the South from Roman control.
Between an offensive in A.D. 230 and A.D. 241 the Sassanians overran much of Mesopotamia as far west as Antiochia, the capital city of the Roman province of Syria. The Romans launched a counteroffensive in A.D. 243 under Emperor Gordian III, and Gordian's successor "Phillip the Arab" concluded a peace treaty in A.D. 244. However Aradashir's son, Shapur I ("the Great") launched another war in A.D. 252 which was to go on for years, culminating in the capture of the Roman Emperor Valerian in A.D. 260. Accounts of the time state that for the remainder of his life Valerian remained in captivity, serving as Shapur's foot stool whenever he mounted or dismounted his horse. It took the campaigns of Valerian's successors, Aurelian, Carus, and Galerius to restore Roman control to the area by the end of the third century A.D. The Romans again controlled the region until A.D. 363 when a crumbling Rome relinquished control of the area to the Persians. It was in this world that this little artifact was created, used, and eventually lost; though it remains a testament to the world that was Rome.
The oldest known communities in Mesopotamia are thought to date from 9,000 B.C., and include the ancient city of Babylon. Several civilizations flourished in the fertile area created as the Tigris and Euphrates rivers flow south out of Turkey. The river valleys and plains of Mesopotamia, often referred to as the "fertile crescent", lay between the two rivers, which are about 250 miles apart from one another. The ancient Sumerians and Babylonians were inhabitants of Mesopotamia, located in a region that included parts of what is now eastern Syria, southeastern Turkey, and most of Iraq, lay between two rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates. According to the Bible, Abraham came from this area. The area is commonly referred to as "the fertile crescent" by historians and archaeologists. By 4,000 B.C. large cities had grown up in the region. Considered one of the cradles of civilization, the region is referred to frequently in The Bible, and is mentioned as the birthplace of Abraham. The region produced the first written records, as well as the wheel.
The region was conquered by the Akkadians in the 24th century B.C. who ruled for about two centuries.
The ancient city of Ur controlled the region for the next two centuries until about 2,000 B.C. Mesopotamia was not again united until about 1750 B.C., then the Kingdom of Babylon arose and reigned supreme in the area for about one and one-half centuries. The Babylonians in turn were conquered by Hittites from Turkey in about 1595 B.C. The longest control of the area was by the ancient Assyrians, who ruled the area from about 1350 B.C. through about 600 B.C. After a brief interlude of chaos, the Persians conquered the area and held it for three centuries until Persian and all of its territories were conquered by Alexander the Great in the last 4th century B.C. However the Greeks only held the region for about one century, before it again fell to the Persians. The Persians and Romans wrestled over the area for a number of centuries. Finally in the 7th century A.D. the area of Mesopotamia fell to the Islamic Empire.
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