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: 195 x 6 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 76 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 1 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7163

The wooden spear has a cylindrical shaft that is continuous with the wider and flattened spear head. The end of the shaft is rubbed with yellow but the rest is rubbed with red pigment. The area of the spear head with the barbs is black with small white and red dots. The tip is red and the area below the barbs has a band of white, yellow, and red. There are two small points below the spearhead directed toward the barbs.