Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • spearhead, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
  • wood, pigment, plant fiber, bone, gum resin, string
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 87.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 34 7/16 x 1 3/8 x 1 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3923

The pointed end of a spear has had the handle sawn off. The pointed end has three wooden points, each with a bone point held to the end with resin and plant fiber string. The three wooden elements are red with black near the juncture and a narrow band of white. What remains of the original shaft is mostly black, though there is a wide red band closer to the pointed end.