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, bamboo, pigment, plant fiber, gum resin, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 89 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 35 1/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3929

The spearhead has a cluster of small prongs at the end. The points are clustered together at the end of a wooden shaft and the complex is colored red with two wide white bands. It is attached to a portion of a bamboo shaft, that has been cut short, and held in place with black resin.