Indian spear, 18th c, hollow-diamond section blade with a reinforced tip, decorated on each side of the forte with silver damascened conventional foliage in a fan pattern, tapering socket decorated with silver scrolls of foliage en suite, on its wooden haft applied with paper decorated with a spiralling polychromatic pattern, iron shoe matching the head, and complete with its fabric-covered scabbard with iron locket and chape damascened with silver en suite with the blade, 53.5cm; 21 1/8in…
Persian (Safavid) sar-e-tabar, Dr. Khorasani is the first researcher to make an exhaustive compilation of all ancient Persian arms from the bronze age to the present. The vast majority of the photographs that Dr. Khorasani provides in his 2006 book "Arms and Armor from Iran: The Bronze Age to the end of the Qajar Period" have never been seen by Western researchers or venues. Christie’s of London now uses Dr. Khorasani’s text as a standard reference.
Italian Brandistocco, circa 1600-1620. With slender central spike formed with a pronounced medial ridge on both sides, tapering to a sharp point forward of a pair of short up-turned lugs at the head of a narrow neck, the latter cusped along both edges, a larger pair of acutely curved lugs at the base, and short tubular socket, on a later wooden staff. L. head: 66.5 cm - L. overall: 228 cm.
Syrian or Egyptian lance head, 16th century. The skillfully chiseled fluting patterns on the socket of this lance head are characteristic of Mamluk iron work and can be seen on Mamluk ax and mace shafts, and other lance heads. The long lance was one of the prime weapons of Mamluk cavalrymen. Met Museum.