Greek Lead Sling Bullet: Wasp

An ancient Greek cast lead sling bullet of pointed elliptical form, cast on one side with a wasp, and on the other with an inscription.

Ca. 5th - 4th century BC.
Length: 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm).

Slingers were employed by ancient armies to great effect, either directing accurate sniper fire or indirect barrages against enemy troop formations.In antiquity the most feared slingers were the Rhodians employed by the armies of the Greeks and Alexander the Great, and the Balaeric islanders employed by Hannibal and later by the Romans.

Confer for related examples: M. Feugère, "Weapons of the Romans," (Paris 1993) p. 85.
Formerly in a European private collection.
Inv#: 8920
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