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Title Harpoon
Accession Number A21513/N.S.3332
Museum Name Indian Museum, Kolkata
Gallery Name N.A.
Object Type Tools
Main Material Copper
Country Unknown
Provenance Unknown
Origin Place Unknown
Dimensions 32.6 cm x 6.4 cm.
Brief Description The weapon is belonged to the Copper Hoard Culture, roughly datable to the 2nd millennium BCE. It is also known as the culture of copper hoards and ochre-coloured pottery because of the ochre-coloured pottery found in many settlements as associated finds. Copper weapons belonging to the culture were discovered in the late 19th century, but scientific excavations of the various remains were conducted only in the 1960's and 1970's. The principal copper objects include shouldered celts, elongated gouges, harpoons, antenna swords, and anthropomorphic figures. The population of this culture engaged in farming, as well as in hunting and fishing. There is some controversy regarding the creators of the Copper Hoard culture. Some scholars link the culture with the indigenous population, while others connect it with the Aryan tribes that supplanted it. This harpoon, one of the representative weapons of this culture, was received as loan from the Lucknow Museum in 1914.