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Dongmo, Bronze Spear
BMCDT18-19
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This bronze spear is a representative example of weapons used during the Bronze Age and has therefore been designated as a Busan Metropolitan City treasure.

History of the Object
The spear was made of melted copper, which was poured into a stone mold. A spear normally consisted of two parts: the spear and a handle sheath. The spear is inserted into the sheath. Bronze spears were excavated with narrow shaped bronze swords, branched bronze spears, bronze axes or lacquer. It is presumed that they might have lasted from about 2nd century until the end of the 1st century BCE. After that they have been substituted by iron artifacts. We assume that the reason why spears and handle sheaths became longer and wider, is that Korean bronze artifacts have developed to become ceremonial objects for religious services.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Length 39,3 cm; 38,5 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
BCE 1st century ~ BCE 2nd century 
Creation date
BCE; 2nd Century BCE - 1st Century BCE 
Function
weapon 
Acquisition
It is the current policy of the Busan Museum not to publish the acquisition history of its collection on the Internet. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Busan Museum, Busan, Korea 
Museum
Busan Museum 
Credit line
 

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