Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Arunta maker
  • spear, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: northeast of Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 194 x 6.5 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 76 3/8 x 2 9/16 x 13/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7161

The carved wooden spear has a shaft that is cylindrical. The head is continuous with the shaft, but it is wider and flat with barbs down either edge. Most of the shaft and the end of the head is rubbed with red pigment. The portion of the head with barbs is black with white dots, and yellow and red lines.