PAKISTAN, BAKTRIAN, 2000-1000 BC, arrowhead


PAKISTAN, Northwest Frontier, BAKTRIAN, 2000-1000 BC, arrowhead, biblade with long barbs & high central spines, bronze, 31x11mm, 1.76g, bit of one barb missing, F

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This is an unusual type that probably had a special purpose, meant for small animals perhaps.

The culture complex we currently term “Baktrian” (Bactrian), developed from the neolithic settlements of Eurasia in the area between the current Iran-Afghan border and Kashmir, more or less. Cities appeared somewhat later than the Indus cities of the south. The horse nomads bothered the locals several centuries before they impacted Indus lands. The late Baktrians resisted Alexander until he had to make a deal with one of them, marrying the king’s daughter, to get through Afghanistan.

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.