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: 227 x 6 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 89 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 13/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7162

The wooden spear has a flattened wooden point that is continuous with the cylindrical shaft. The end of the shaft is rubbed with white pigment, but the remainder of the shaft is rubbed with red pigment. The barbs down either edge of the flattened spear head have white above and below the area with the barbs. The area with the barb is red and black with white dots and some of the barbs have white tips.