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Ancient Greek Lead Sling Shepard's Bullet or Projectile c. 400 BC--100 BC!

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Seller: houghton-usa (1,298) 100%, Location: Sequim, Washington, Ships to: US, Item: 262709336521 ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS Artifacts, Antiques & Fine Collectables Ancient Greek Lead Shepard's Bullet Sling Bullet/Projectile c. 400 BC to 100 BC Original, Authentic, and Extremely RARE! Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE This ancient Greek, sling bullet is made of lead and dates to about 400 BC-100 BC (over 2000 years old). This sling bullet has the classic, double-pointed, or so called “almond shaped” design and has a wonderful patina with heavy lead oxidation and mineral/earth deposits. It is in good as found condition and measures about 1.64" in length. It was likely a metal-detector surface find in Greece. It appears to have an ancient Greek inscription that was cast into it when it was made in a mold. These early projectiles were made in great quantities to hurl at one’s enemies. You will, of course, remember that the future King David slew or “smote” the giant Philistine Goliath in the 11th Century BC with a larger stone version of one of these little guys. The British Museum has several examples of these ancient Greek sling bullets with engravings. They have one projectile that depicts a winged thunderbolt on one side, and on the other the Greek inscription “take that” (ΔΕΞΑΙ) in high relief. I can't see what was cast into this projectile that I currently have for sale, as the lead oxidation on encrusted earth has obscured the designs or letters. This lead sling-bullet is made of cast lead and appears to have some ancient Greek letters cast into the side, but they are difficult to see. It measures approximately 1.64" long x .34" tall x .71" thick & weighs just 2.4 oz. or 67 grams. Condition: This lead bullet is in excellent condition for its age. It is solid, cast lead with no cracks, restorations. or repairs. Please see 4x macro photos for details. This natural process of oxidation does not affect the solid integrity or beauty of the artifact, in fact, they help to date this artifact as an authentic piece of lead that is very, very old! Price & Value Each object I sell is professionally researched, translated (if I can...(smile), and compared with similar objects in the collections of the finest museums in the world. I have been dealing in fine antiquities for over 45 years and although certainly not an expert in every field, I have been honored to appraise, buy, collect, and enjoy and recently sell some of the finest ancient art in the world. When in doubt, I have worked with dozens of subject matter experts to determine the condition and authenticity of numerous antiquities and antiques. This careful examination helps to insure you are buying quality items and helps to protect your investment. There are many modern reproductions or "fakes" on the market today, so be sure and buy only from experts in the field. Please examine the photos taken at 4x macro carefully as they are part of the description. The tweezers, my hand, & the US dime are not part of the auction, just included to give you a better perspective. And please ask any questions before you buy. Thanks for looking and I'm always happy to combine shipping to save you even more money. This price is at least 90% off what this amazing ancient Greek bullet would be priced at in a fine Gallery or at an auction house!! And you don't have to pay any additional 25 % "Buyer's Fees" like you would if you purchased it at a fine auction house. Note: Please ask any questions you may have before you bid! Thanks for Looking! Per e-Bay's rules, PayPal only please! THANKS! US Buyers only please! FREE SHIPPING & Insurance included for all 50 United States. Condition: This lead Shepard's Bullet (also called a Sling-Bullet) is in excellent, museum quality condition for being over 2,000 years old. It is in as found condition and has not been cleaned, with a thick coating of lead-oxide on it. Guaranteed 100% authentic and original with no repairs or restorations. Please see 4x macro photos for details. Thank You., Material: Lead, Country: Greece

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