The extremely narrow point of this spearhead and the articulation where the shaft joins the head is typical of pieces made during the Shang dynasty. Spearheads dating to later periods are generally broader. The decoration of this spearhead is cast along the top and bottom of the shaft. There are two registers of decoration: at the top of the shaft loose thundercloud motifs (leiwen) are cast in low relief, while at the bottom, granulation provides the background for the decoration. The curving forms cast in high relief against these two backgrounds might be dragons but are too abstract to identify precisely.